Two Killed In Akwa Ibom Market Wall Collapse

akwa-ibom-market-wall-collapseTwo persons were killed on Monday in Akwa Ibom State by the wall of a building in a popular Urua Ederebo market in ‎Urua Ederebo, Ikot Akpatek, Onna Local Government Area.

Reports say two market women were killed while 17 others were injured in the incident that happened in the hometown of Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel.

The cause of the collapse is still unknown, but the market, which is over 50 years old, was renovated three years ago‎ by the state government.

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Another part of the building with cracks

While the state’s Commissioner for Works, Ephraim Inyang-eyen, who led rescue operations, said no life was lost during the incident, the State Commissioner of Police, Murtala Mani, ‎confirmed that two women died to the collapsed market wall.

Addressing reporters after evacuations, Mr Mani said: “It is not a building that collapsed. It was the wall of a local market. The market is a small market. Two market women died”.

The Chairman of Onna Local Government caretaker committee, Mr Joshua Ndoho, told Channels Television that the council would set up a committee on Tuesday to evaluate the structures in the market with a view to removing those seen to be too old.akwa-ibom-market-wall

He said” “It is obvious that the collapsed shop was too old and unfit for habitation.

“It is better we do not have a market than to have a market that people will die”.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Dominic Ukpong, said the nine people who sustained injuries were quickly moved to Ibom Specialist Hospital for proper treatment by experts, claiming  that nobody died in the incident.

The collapse of the market wall is coming nine days after a church building belonging to Reigners Bible International collapsed and killed over 27 worshippers while hundreds were injured.

The roof of the church had caved in during a service organised to confer Bishopric authority on the founder of the church.

Governor Emmanuel, who was in the church on that day, escaped unhurt.

An investigation into the cause of the collapse has been launched by the state government.

Akwa Ibom Govt. Warns Against Poor Road Constructions

Akwa Ibom, RoadThe Akwa Ibom State government has threatened to blacklist contractors handling road construction projects, whose performance is below the state government’s specification.

The state’s Commissioner for Works, Ephraim Inyang-eyen, gave the warning on Friday while inspecting ongoing road construction projects across the state in southeast Nigeria.

Mr Inyang-eyen said that the aim of the inspection was to ascertain the projects that were ready for commissioning by the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, to mark his one year in office on May 29.

He disclosed that a total of 11 roads were ready for commissioning while many others were at different stages of completion across most of the 31 local government areas of the state.

The Commissioner commended some of the contractors for the quality of work done and their commitment to delivering the projects according to specification.

He, however, warned that the state government would not hesitate to blacklist those who perform below specification.

Mr Inyang-eyen said that the state government was not only committed to the construction of good roads but also to ensure effective networking of the roads to encourage economic and social development.