Breaking: Wike visits scene of building collapse at Garki, Abuja (Photos)

By Chris Udochukwu

Minister of the FCT, Nyesom Wike, on Wednesday visited the scene of a building collapse at Lagos Street, Garki Village, Abuja.

The two-storey building, which serves both residential and commercial purposes collapsed on Wednesday night.

Thirty-seven persons were rescued, two others were injured and many feared trapped when a building collapsed.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) spokesperson Nkechi Isa confirmed the incident early Thursday (today).

No casualties have so far been recorded.

“Rescue efforts are ongoing as the search for more victims intensifies at the scene of the building collapse at Lagos Street, Garki Village opposite the Garki police station in the FCT,” she said.

“A combined team of the FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Federal Road Safety Corps,(FRSC), FCT Police Command, and the VIO are on the ground to carry out the rescue efforts

“The two-storey building which serves both residential and commercial purposes collapsed on Wednesday night. 37 persons were rescued alive, while 2 others were fatally injured.”

According to her, the agency’s Search and Rescue team is awaiting excavators to intensify the search and ensure no victim is left in the rubble.

Last month, a four-storey building collapsed in the Life Camp area of the city with many wounded. It happened while workers were on the construction site in the Dape Area near the Berger Clinic.

Building collapse is a common occurrence in some Nigerian cities.

Bad workmanship, low-quality materials, and corruption to bypass official oversight are often blamed for Nigerian building disasters.

Recall that the new FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike upon assuption of office of Monday threatened to pull down all illegal structures and any structures that is in any way a distortion of the Abuja master plan.

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