Developers in Anambra State have been cautioned by the Anambra State Physical Planning Board against abandoning their structure for a long time, so as not to jeopardize the structural integrity of the structure.
This warning by the Executive Chairman of the board, Barrister Chike Maduekwe, is coming off the incident that happened recently where an uncompleted building partially collapsed in Umuota village, Obosi, North Council Area.
According to a report by Ejike Abana, a Government House Correspondent, the one storey building of more than forty years collapsed on Sunday, 21st September 2020 at about 4 pm, trapping a husband and wife who were later certified dead. However, their children were unscathed, including a six months old baby.
The Executive Chairman who sympathized with the bereaved family noted that the building has since been cordoned off. In fact, both the owner of the building who resides in Lagos and his caretaker have been invited for questioning.
According to him, the interview will reveal whether the building has government approval or not, after which the remaining part of the building will be demolished.
Although the rate by which buildings collapse in the state has drastically reduced, Barrister Maduekwe instructed prospective developers to approach the board for building permits, before undertaking any project.
Furthermore, he appealed to Ndi Anambra to always cooperate with their staff, as they are working for their own benefit.