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Thursday, 7 June 2018

Just in: Bridge collapses in Owerre IMO state

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A bridge situated at the Ikemba Ojukwu Centre in Owerri, IMO state, that was constructed by Gov. Rochas Okorocha’s administration has collapsed.

Although nobody died or got injured as a result of the collapse of the bridge, parents whose children visited the place on May 27 during the 2018 Children’s Day Celebration lambasted the state government.
Reports emanating from NAN suggest that the bridge collapsed after the heavy rain on Tuesday night.
Mrs. Ogochi Ololo, the State Commissioner for Happiness and Purpose Fulfillment, when contacted said that she has not been briefed on the issue of the incident.
Mr Collins Ibe, an eyewitness at the scene of the incident attributed the collapse to the overwhelming wind that accompanied the rain.
Mrs Mary Nlemadim another an eyewitness, said: “It is unfortunate that this is happening in the state, especially at a place that is supposed to be a recreation centre.
“I thank God that it happened in the night when people were not around; otherwise, there might have been casualties.
“I urge the state government and engineers working on construction projects in the state to be more dedicated and thorough,” she said.
Engineer Mr. Okechukwu Uba also spoke on the need to re-evaluate the quality of the construction work going on in the state, 
“There is need to critically look at all the construction projects going on in the state.
“This is necessary to avoid unnecessary waste of resources, time and human capacity.
“These projects need to get proper approval from professional hands or bodies; they also need to be properly supervised by qualified and experienced personnel.
“Again, they have to be done systematically and not many things at the same time.
“These projects need to be finished up in a tidy manner and subjected to stress tests where necessary, before being opened to the public,’’ he said.
The states Chairman of the Nigeria Society of Engineers, Mr. Emeka Ugoanyawu, had spoken of the low quality of the construction work done in the state.
The National President of Council for the Regulation of Engineers in Nigeria (COREN), Mr. Kashim Ali, had also recently faulted the low quality of a flyover constructed by the Okorocha administration, located at Orji, asking that work on the project should be halted.


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