One of the Ultra-Modern Shopping Plazas being built by the Ogun State Government at Itoku Market Abeokuta collapsed at about 8:30 am this morning. Four of the workers had so far been retrieved by rescue workers from under the rubbles of the four-storey building.
The workers sustained serious injuries and had been rushed to the hospital, even as rescue operations continues. as about ten suspected workers are said to be trapped inside the building which is still under construction.
As at the time of filing this report, the cause of the collapse has not been determined. Rescue team are seen battling to remove those trapped under the rubbles. Governor Ibikunle Amosun and his cabinet members are already at the scene of the incident, appealing to the people to remain calm. Security men had to shoot sporadically to avert crisis as residents and relatives of many of the victims went awry in protest of the incident.
The ultra modern shopping plaza is part of the project of Governor Ibikunle Amosun led administration being handled by a construction firm, Valdus Construction Services Ltd., James Town Planner and Hakmode Ventures Ltd.
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Meanwhile, following the collapse of the five-storey building at Lekki Gardens, in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State some weeks ago, which left about 34 persons dead and several others injured, the Lagos State Government has identified over 500 new distressed and abandoned buildings that could collapse any moment in the state.
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The State’s Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Abiola Anifowoshe, who disclosed these at the just concluded ministerial press briefing in Alausa, Ikeja, in commemoration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s first year in office, said the discovery was one of the measures adopted by the government to check the incidence of building collapse in the state.