Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, has ordered an immediate investigation into the collapse of a two-storey building at Rumuoke Street, off Okilton junction in Ada George road, Port Harcourt.

According to reports, a two-storey building under construction collapsed early on Thursday morning, injuring four persons.

Fubara in a statement by his media aide, Boniface Onyedi, said the state government must find out the immediate and remote causes of the incident.

Speaking after the inspection of the collapsed 2-storey building, the governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Special Projects, Engr. Emeka Woke, charged the relevant government agencies to immediately fish out those involved in the project.

According to him, anyone found culpable will be made to face the law.

The statement reads, “The Ministry of Urban Development is to take immediate action by conducting site investigations and site inspections

“The destructive testing and non-destructive testing of collapsed structural elements to establish their strength by the determination of the yield strength of the reinforcements and sieve analysis of the soil at the site, to ascertain the immediate and remote causes of the building collapse.

“If there is any compromise by those involved in the project, they will be prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others.”

While sympathizing with the four injured men whom he visited at the hospital, the doctors treating them also assured him that they would be discharged in a few days as they were already in stable condition.

He said the government had urgently mobilized earth-moving equipment to the site to evacuate the debris of the collapsed building while the site has been cordoned off.

Punch/Adebukola Aluko

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