FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has described as unfortunate the mudslide that occurred Tuesday evening trapping and killing two labourers at a private construction site (Plot 3333), Mississippi Street, Maitama District, Abuja.
The Minister, accompanied by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye visited the site on Tuesday night to assess the unfortunate situation.
Malam Bello thus, directed the FCT Development Control to thoroughly investigate and report back immediately to ascertain what really went wrong that led to the death of the two men.
His words: “The FCT Administration is going to investigate thoroughly the unfortunate incident and ensure that this kind of ugly situation does not happen again in the FCT.”
The Minister seized the opportunity to commiserate with the families of the deceased labourers and prayed to Almighty God for the repose of their souls.
Malam Bello has also directed the Executive Secretary of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Engr. Adamu Ismaila to immediately move into the area to provide remedial action to protect the infrastructure there.
The FCDA Executive Secretary who represented the Minister at the site this morning said FCTA has commenced remedial action at the site; adding that measures have already been put on ground to avoid the repeat of such ugly incident.
Part of the measures, he stated is for all the contractors working there to temporarily stop whatever they were doing to provide retaining wall as a matter of urgency.
Other measures the FCT Administration has put in place include the engagement of a reputable construction firm (Habib Engineering Company Limited) to immediately take over the collapsed site (Plot 3333) and restore the embankment to prevent further erosion and possible collapse of the Mississippi Road; directing all the other developers working at the site to resume robust protection of the embankments for all the plots to prevent further collapse as well as ensuring that the staff of both Departments of Development Control and Engineering Services are on site permanently and be vigilant on inspection as the protection works progresses.
He further instructed that adequate safety measures must be put in place to protect the workers and that manual excavation must be stopped forthwith on that site.
Meanwhile, the site engineer has been arrested by the Police following the collapse.