Six injured as event centre collapses on wedding guests in Ekiti
Six wedding guests, at the weekend, escaped death by whiskers when an event centre collapsed in Ijero Ekiti, Ijero Local Council of Ekiti State.
The victims, however, sustained injuries in the incident. The Guardian learnt that the roof and walls of the building christened F and G Event Centre, located along Ijero-Ido Ekiti road, came down at about 4:00 p.m.
According to a source, over 250 people were inside when it happened as it was also serving as a reception venue for a burial ceremony.
The ensuing pandemonium and scampering for safety led to many sustaining bodily wounds.
Apart from injuries sustained by guests, the building auditorium and surroundings were littered with spilled foods, broken bottles, shoes, male caps, female wigs and headgears, some hours later.
Meanwhile, the governor of Ekiti State, Biodun Oyebanji, has warned that the state would not tolerate incidents of building collapse.
While urging relevant authorities to ensure strict compliance for developers, he expressed deep sympathy over the injuries sustained by six persons.
Oyebanji, who visited the site, and Ijero General Hospital, where victims were receiving treatments, yesterday, said the incident was disturbing and saddening.
Addressing sympathisers, Oyebanji directed all the agencies of government to ensure that all such public buildings were supervised and certified at every stage to avoid unwarranted fatalities.
Represented by his Deputy, Mrs Monisade Afuye, the governor said the incident could have been averted, if proper building scrutiny and compliance with specifications were carried out by government agencies, warning that situations like that shouldn’t be allowed to reoccur in the state.
He assured that his government would map out strategies to make emergency management equipment available in all the local governments to respond to any alarming situation.
“We thank God that no life was lost. But as a responsible government, we won’t wait until people die before taking actions that could safeguard their lives. That is why it is most expedient that all government’s agencies must be responsive to their duties all the time,” he added.
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