Kingsley Madaki, Abuja
Minister of the Federal Capital Terriroty (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, Wednesday, directed the FCT Development Control Department to thoroughly investigate, and report back immediately, what led to the death of the two men on Tuesday evening, at a construction site on Mississippi Street, Maitama.
The Minister, who was accompanied by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye, when he visited the site to assess the situation, described it as unfortunate.
“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”, he said.
The Minister also commiserated with the families of the deceased labourers and prayed 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 infrastructure there.
The FCDA Executive Secretary, who represented the Minister at the site Wednesday, said FCTA has commenced remedial action at the site; adding that measures have already been put on ground to avoid a repeat.
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 engagement of a reputable construction firm to immediately take over the collapsed site 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 be put in place to protect the workers and that manual excavation must be stopped.
Meanwhile, the site engineer has been arrested by the Police.