Delta Govt. seals 15 buildings in Asaba to curb building collapse

Delta Govt. seals 15 buildings in Asaba to curb building collapse

The Delta State Government has sealed off 15 buildings in Asaba to reduce the incidences of building collapse in the state.


Mr Chidi Nwuko, Chairman, Delta State Taskforce on “Operation Show Your Building Plan”, disclosed this via a statement in Asaba on Wednesday.


He said that developers of the sealed buildings either failed to tender approved building plans within the stipulated timeframe or had none at all.


Nwuko said that the enforcement of extant town planning laws had become very imperative so as to stem the menace of building collapse, protect the environment and ensure adherence to town planning regulations.


It would be recalled that on Sept. 12, a storey building under construction in Asaba collapsed, leaving one person dead and four critically injured.


Also, a boy was recently knocked down and killed by a collapsing fence at Damure street in Ughelli.


Nwuko urged property developers to abide by the laws guiding property development to prevent building collapse.


“It became necessary to curb the recurrence of building collapse arising from the lack of approved building plans.


“Some of the standard procedures in land and property development entail the acquisition of approved building plans and permits, complying with approved building plans and documenting same with relevant authorities, prior to property development.


“Such compliance will help eliminate building or construction collapses, which are capable of causing wanton damage and in extreme cases, loss of lives,” he said.


Nwuko urged land and property developers embarking on any form of property development to, as a matter of civic responsibility, adhere strictly to standard procedures.


He commended property developers who followed due process and warned the aberrant ones that they would soon be apprehended and prosecuted.

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