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COREN confirms two deaths in Anambra building collapse

The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) has confirmed that two persons suspected to be carpenters died in a collapsed building in Anambra State at the weekend.

DAILY POST had reported the collapse of a two-storey building located at Oraifite, Ekwusigo Local Government Area.

It was gathered that the building was undergoing reconstruction on its second floor, which was said to have a defect, when it caved in.

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COREN leadership which reacted to the incident on Sunday noted that the building was owned by a lawyer( name withheld) and was being roofed when it collapsed.

The Anambra State Chairman of the council, Engr. Victor Onyeanyana Meju, said: “The building which is still under construction was commenced two years ago. The committee while in the course of their preliminary and visual site seeing, noted unprofessional practices which are against engineering codes and standards in the country and beyond.

“The state technical committee of the Engineering Regulation and Monitoring Inspectorate and the Anambra State Physical Planning Board have since sealed the site.

“Samples of concrete, rods, blocks and other aggregates from the site have been collected for proper laboratory test to ascertain their strengths.”

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