10 escape death as four-storey building collapses near UNILORIN
*Kwara Gov’s Emergency aide delays visit for over 24 hours
Tragedy was averted on Thursday as 10 persons escaped death by whiskers when a section of a four-storey building under construction collapsed in the Tanke area, near the permanent site of the University of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
The collapsed building was among five buildings of four stories each currently under construction in a compound believed to be hostels for students of the University of Ilorin.
It was gathered that the workers were working on the site when the section of the building collapsed.
Sources in the university told www.gongnews.net that three of the workers sustained varying degrees of injuries following the collapse of the section of the building.
One of the students residing opposite the collapsed building, Joy Williams, who witnessed the incident told journalists that “it was a surprise”.
She recounted, “we were inside the room, then we heard a very loud noise and I went out. That was when the building just collapsed. It happened this afternoon. We heard somebody shouting, ‘Help, help;’ and people rushed to his rescue. They rescued one person and later rescued the second person.
“The third person was badly injured. They rushed the three of them to the hospital. The collapsed section of the building is a mosque, but the back side is an apartment.
“The workers were the ones that did the rescue work, as there was no external persons, emergency workers or equipment to rescue the people that were shouting for help. The workers have been on the site for about five months now. This is a fresh building. They started it from the scratch.”
When contacted for official confirmation, the Special Adviser on Emergency and Relief Matters to the Kwara State Governor, Abdullahi Mohammed, said he was not aware of the collapse of the building.
He added that he would visit the site on Friday. We thought due to the pressing nature he would have moved instantly to visit the site for a first hand reaction. Yet, he was supposed to be in charge of emergency matters!
At least, the trapped workers would have waited for him by Friday to be rescued!