In Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Department (FEMD) recently carried out a successful rescue operation, saving three individuals from the debris of a collapsed four-storey building on Nkwere Street, off Ahmadu Bello Way, Area 11, Garki. Fortunately, no lives were lost in the incident, which occurred during renovations.

Acting Director-General Florence Wenegieme highlighted that the department received a distress call at 8:20 p.m. on Monday, promptly mobilizing several emergency response units including the Department of Development Control, FCT Fire Service, Federal Fire Service, Julius Berger Fire Service, and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). The CGC Construction company and Garki Divisional Police Command were also involved in the rescue efforts.

The rescued victims were swiftly transported to a hospital for treatment and subsequently discharged, indicating their recovery from the ordeal. Mrs. Wenegieme emphasized the importance of strict adherence to building codes, employing qualified professionals for construction work, conducting integrity tests on structures before renovations, and using standardized building materials to prevent such incidents in the future.

In response to the incident, Mukhtar Galadima, director of Development Control, ordered the demolition of remaining structures at the site and sealed the premises. He also announced plans to engage the Nigerian Buildings and Roads Research Institute to conduct integrity tests on other buildings in the vicinity, ensuring the safety of the surrounding environment.

The coordinated response and preventive measures underscore the commitment of authorities to safeguarding public safety and ensuring compliance with building regulations in the Federal Capital Territory.


SOURCE: PremiumTimes

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