Bayelsa govt seals 3-story building


The Bayelsa State Physical Planning and Development Board has again sealed and temporarily seized a three-story uncompleted building at the OMPADEC area in Amarata in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital.

This was due to the collapse of part of the said building that is under construction.

Speaking during the sealing exercise that took place on Saturday, 24th December, the Executive Chairman, Bayelsa State Physical Planning and Development Board, Alabo Gideon Ekeuwei, who was personally present, noted that the Panel of Inquiry that is set up to investigate the collapsed church building along the Ebi’s Mechanic Road Amarata, Yenagoa will be inaugurated sometime next week, pointing out that, the Panel will also investigate the present partially collapsed building at the OMPADEC Area of Amarata.

Ekeuwei however used the medium to emphasize the need for property developers to always be in touch with the Board before embarking on any project in the state.

He cautioned all those living within the area of the said building to be very careful as nobody can guarantee their safety from further collapse, and that the said building is now in the custody of the State Government, pending the outcome of the investigation.

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It would be recalled that part of the said building collapsed this morning, Saturday, 24th December 2022, and nearly fell on the Honourable Commissioner of Power, Mr Ebitei Tonyor who narrowly escaped being hurt within the premises when it collapsed.

He then drew the attention of the Chairman of the Board, who swung into action by sealing up the building.
The supervisor of the said collapsed building is helping the police with details of the circumstances that led to the collapse of the building.

Building Collapse

The on-the-spot assessment shows that there is no parking space nor a place to build an inspection chamber and septic tank because there are no setbacks as required by Law (the building is built directly on the existing property fence) and it encroaches on the government right-of-way.

The Chairman however thanked God that no life was lost, pointing out that the owner will be arrested and prosecuted if he refused to abide by the order.

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