From; JUDEX OKORO, Calabar
IT was Easter tragedy in Calabar over the weekend because the$ 14m (about N5.8bn) uncompleted multipurpose Indoor sports corridor at the U. J. Esuene, Stadium collapsed. The indoor sports facility was awarded at the cost of $ 14m to Henley Brecon and Mayfield limited by means of the speedy earlier administration of Governor Liyel Imoke.
It used to be learnt that the quantity paid upfront the handlers of the undertaking. The uncompleted in- door sports hall used to be probably the most amenities intended for the internet hosting of the nationwide sports activities competition, which would had been hosted via the state considering the fact that. Eyewitness, Nyong Edem, mentioned the construction, collapsed in the afternoon, a few minutes after some people completed cleansing debris from the uncompleted facility.
Edem said they are fortunate that it took place all over a public holiday as the general public, particularly kids, did notcome to the stadium, including that it would were a tremendous catastrophe.
Chairman of the State sports commission, Mr. Orok Duke, while reacting over the incident, stated it used to be unlucky that the contractor did not best fail to deliver the venture according to time table , and specification, after gathering $ 14 million (about N5.8bn)upfront, but used substandard the indoor game corridor.
“What i’ve found out is that the contractors to this mission have used substandard supplies, and it’s exhibiting as a result of this construction has been right here for no longer more than three 12 months. however , what we must observe is that this structurte was once erected sooner than the advent of Preofessor Ben Ayade’s government.
“And consistent with our coverage of seeking to reposition sport, I had requested for permission to head after the contractor, but my main the governor had said he does not want to be distracted. We should reduce our losses and transfer on as a result of he was once nonetheless focusing on internet hosting the national sports activities pageant. Duke alleged that substan- dard supplies have been used for the development work, resulting in the eventual collapse.