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The Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has confirmed the death of two persons and the rescue of four persons after a wall collapsed in Ademola Adetokunbo Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja.
FEMA Director General Abbas Idriss confirmed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday.
Mr Idriss said: “Between 10:00 and 11:00 in the morning, we received a distress call that a building had collapsed near United Bank for Africa Bank (UBA) on Ademola Adetokunbo Crescent, Wuse II.
“We quickly activated our rescue team to go there and when they got there they saw that it was a wall that fell on the artisans working in the area. So far six people have been removed from the relief and two have died while four are currently in hospital.
“It’s a building that’s under construction and they’ve eaten in the building next to it, because it’s not their building that collapsed, it’s the neighbor’s building.”
The Director-General said the agency had sensitized FCT residents on the need to comply with building approvals and the Abuja Master Plan.
He called on stakeholders responsible for issuing building permits in the FCT, the Department of Development Control, the Department of Engineering Services and other agencies, such as to ensure that they provide proper approval and controlled constructions everywhere.
“That’s the only way to deal with the situation, because the approval has to be done in stages like you give approval in the first stage, when they do according to the specification now you give them approval for the second stage. .
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“But if you give them general permission to start the building, they can build with whatever material they can. However, in this case, as mentioned before, we are not talking about the use of the materials below.
“It’s because the building was expanding and eating away at the structure of the neighborhood, it ended up collapsing on the craftsmen,” said FEMA’s director general.
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