Building collapse:: Gov Umahi suspends board members for laxity -Reginald Okoro

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Gov. Dave Umahi

Gov Dave Umahi of Ebonyi has clamped indefinite suspension on members of the Abakaliki Capital Territory Development Board (ACTDB).

The suspension was contained in a press release signed by Dr Kenneth Ugbala, Secretary to State Government (SSG) on behalf of the governor and made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Abakaliki.

The suspension followed alleged non performance, laxity and lack of coordinated supervision of building projects within the capital city by members of the board.

The governor regretted that the failure of the board to effectively supervise building constructions in the state capital has led to the collapse of a 3-storey building under construction located opposite the Abakaliki local government Secretariat.

The governor stated that a new taskforce on building approvals, construction and supervision would be be established in the state.

The document read in part: “Following the directive of His Excellency, the Governor of Ebonyi, Chief Dave Umahi, the members of Abakaliki Capital Territory Development Board are hereby suspended indefinitely from their offices with immediate effect.

Scene of Abakaliki 3-Storey building collapse earlier on Wednesday, July 22.

” The indefinite suspension is as result of their failure to supervise buildings within the Capital City which led to the collapse of 3-Storey building along Nkaliki road in Abakaliki Local Government Area.

“The office of Secretary to the State Government will announce a new taskforce on building approval, construction and supervision.

“The taskforce shall be responsible for building approvals, construction and supervision of all sites within the capital city.

“The suspended members of board are further directed to handover government property in their possession to Special Assistant (SA) to the governor on Capital City before the close of work on Wednesday, July 22.”

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