Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Death Toll of Jos Collapsed School Building Increases.

The death toll from the Islamic school building in Jos which collapsed last Sunday while students were taking lesson, affecting children between the ages of eight and 15 has increased to six persons, from the previous four persons that were confirmed death on Sunday.  This was revealed by the North-Central Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Abdulasam Mohammed, on Wednesday.

The total numbers of injured students falls within 25 and are presently receiving treatment in Plateau Specialist Hospital. The cause of collapse was attributed to the usage of poor building materials and lack of professional attention used in construction of the structure.

He further revealed the plan of the building is that of a bungalow but later converted to a two storey-building without going through the proper procedure.

He said “At the moment, the death toll from the disaster stands at six, and 25 persons severely injured are responding to treatment at the Plateau Specialist Hospital.

“This disaster happened basically because the owner of the building used quacks and sub-standard materials in constructing the structure.

“I use to know that building to be just a bungalow, to my surprise, years later I realised that the building has been elevated to a two storey-building.

“During the rescue mission, my men were breaking the walls and concrete pillars with much ease, apparently, the elevation was done without proper permission and professional advice from experts and appropriate authorities,’’
However the state Government has promised to pay all hospital bills of the injured and all affected by the disaster. And Nigerians have been adviced to follow proper prcedure and use material of good quality in whatever construction they wish to carry out.

May the souls of all that died rest in peace.

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