Burial ceremony guests hospitalised as event centre collapses in Ekiti

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Sunday, 3 September 2023 - 18:20

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Many persons were injured on Saturday as the roof of an event centre used for a burial ceremony reception collapsed at Ijero Ekiti in the Ijero Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

The burial ceremony guests scattered out of the rubble to safety as the incident happened causing a stampede which caused some people to sustain injuries.

Six of the guests who sustained serious injuries were rushed to hospital for medical attention.

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Ekiti State Governor, Mr Biodun Oyebanji, who on Sunday sympathised with the victims over the degrees of injuries sustained, expressed joy that no life was lost in the incident.

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Governor Oyebanji, who was represented by the deputy governor, Mrs. Monisade Afuye, visited the site of the building collapse at Ijero General Hospital, where some victims received treatments, grieved over the incident, and said the accident was very disturbing and saddening.

She said, “We thank God that no life was lost. But as a responsible government, we won’t wait until people die before taking actions that can safeguard their lives. That is why it is most expedient that all government agencies must be responsive to their duties all the time. Let me sympathise with the victims of this devastating incident. Nobody prays for bad things to happen, but we need to be proactive in preventing occurrences of this nature, rather than being retroactive. I know that if the building had been thoroughly supervised and certified fit at every stage of the erection, this incident could have been averted. It is just normal and procedural that all public buildings should be monitored and that they built to specifications and with standard materials used because the common feature associated with building collapse now is for contractors to use substandard products,”

The Permanent Secretary, Ekiti State Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Olajide Borode said “The Ekiti State Bureau of Special Project will be here to do an integrity test on the building to ascertain whether it can be salvaged or be demolished immediately”

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