By Kparobo Ehvwubare-Asaba
Following imminent collapse of a building in Asaba, Delta State capital, a human rights activist and Coordinator, Young Nigerian Rights, Comr. Victor Ojie has written to Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa, The Attorney-General of the State and the Commissioner of Police to rescue the occupants of a building situated at No. 7 Patrick Merere street, off Okpanam road, Asaba from a storey building alleged to be at a verge of collapse.
According to the petition dated 11th September, 2020; signed by Comr. Victor Ojie and a copy obtained by our correspondent appealed to Gov. Okowa to salvage the dilapidating structure that is at the verge of collapse due to seapages triggered the structural defeats and building collapse as projected by Structural engineers as consulted for technical advise.
Ojie noted that according to structural engineers has identified seapages in basement, external walls, windows and roofs leakages as some of the potential risk factors for internal damages and collapse of buildings in recent times.
He appealed to the State governor to direct the Caretaker of the said building, Mr. Micky to without delay refund the rent of all the occupants in the building with a view to evacuating them to avoid lost of lives and properties.
Efforts to reach the Catetaker, Mr. Micky proved abortive as at the time of filing this report, calls put across to his known airtel line, 081321804** was not reachable.
When our correspondent visited the area, residents lamented the untold hardship suffered by them each time it rains, calling on the State government to come to their rescue.