Collapse of buildings in Federal college of Education (Technical), Asaba, Delta state is imminent if the information at our disposal is anything to go by.
According to a former staff of the College, Arch. Joseph Ameh who spoke to this newspaper recently alleged that the College Academic staff complex may collapse soon, following the sub-standard nature of the structutre which he kicked against but was ignored by the College management led by Mrs. Josephine Anene Okweake who is the Provost of the institution.
Arch. Joseph alleged that the Academic staff building among buildings in the College was executed shabbily executed despite warning by Architects Registration Council of Nigeria over non-adherence to legal procedures in procurement of building design construction and its supervision likely to cause avoidance collapse but the provost in her alleged outright disregard to standards, ignored the caution from the professional body and continue with the poor execution of the project.
The former staff of the College also accused the provost of engaging unprofessionals to execute projects in the college, which he described as perilous to staffers and students of the College if urgent steps is not taken by the appropiate authourities to avoid lost of lives and properties.
Accusing the Provost whom under her watch, ground beam of the Academic staff storey building was bypassed, debris from collapsed building were used as hardcore, among other poor materials that he objected as the supervising architect through a report written to managememt but was never taken by the provost.
He revealed that the Academic Staff complex was awarded to Spectrum Engineering Company at the cost of N180 million naira.
Efforts to obtain comments from the College Provost, Mrs. Josephine Anene Okweake was unsuccessful as at the time this reporter visited her office for interview as agreed by the Provost was greeted with harrassment where the reporter’s cell phones among other gadgets for interviews was confiscated on the directives of the Provost.