Fubara orders probe of Rivers building collapse 

Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers state has ordered immediate investigation into the collapse of a two-storey building at Rumuoke Street, off Okilton junction in Ada George road, Port Harcourt.

Blueprint had reported that a two-storey building under construction collapsed Thursday morning, injuring three persons.

In a statement by his media aide, Boniface Onyedi, the governor said the state government must find out the immediate and remote causes of the incident.

Speaking after the inspection of the collapsed building, the governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Special Projects, Emeka Woke, charged the relevant government agencies to immediately fish out those involved in the project.

He said anyone found culpable would be made to face the law, adding: “The Ministry of Urban Development is to take immediate action by conducting site investigations and site inspections.

“The destructive testing and non-destructive testing of collapsed structural elements to establish their strength by the determination of the yield strength of the reinforcements and sieve analysis of the soil at the site, to ascertain the immediate and remote causes of the building collapse.

“If there is any compromise by those involved in the project, they will be prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others.”

While sympathising with the injured he visited at the hospital, the doctors treating them also assured that they would be discharged in a few days as they were already in stable condition.