From Emmanuel Uzor, Awka

Apparently worried by the spate of building collapse in Ananbra State especially within the commercial city of Onitsha, governor Chukwuma Soludo has ordered that all ongoing building projects in Onitsha and it’s environs must be subjected to integrity tests.

Daily Sun reports that a two storey building in Ochanja Market in Onitsha had collapsed, leading to the death of five persons, while many more were rescued alive with varying degrees of injury.

Onitsha South Local Government Area Chairman, Mr Emeka Joseph Orji said that the test on all building projects, would commence after meeting with the Anambra physical planning Board.

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“Over 300 illegal structures, built without approval are being demolished here. Some others, including five plazas are to be demolished too by the Onitsha South Local Government Council.”

Reacting to the collapsed five storey building in the area, Orji announced that buildings currently under construction would be subjected to integrity test on the order of the governor.

“These include material test and quality test. After meeting with the Chairman Physical Planning Board in Awka, government would commence the process.

“Everywhere cannot be market in Onitsha and we have declared war on illegal structures and we shall ensure that the right thing is done about building collapse in Onitsha South local government area,” he said.