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Governor Rochas Okorocha has warned against the use of non-professionals and substandard materials in the construction of buildings by builders, stating that the non-engagement of engineers and other related professionals and the use of inferior materials remain the major causes of Building Collapse.

Governor Okorocha spoke on Sunday August 13, 2017 when he visited the site of a collapsed upstair building at Fire Service Area of Owerri, adding that his government would look into the cause of the building regretting that before now few other houses had also collapsed.

He advised those who want to build to engage the services of professionals and ensure the use of quality materials, and equally advised that people should stop building on dredges, gutters and even sucker-ways.

His words, “I was shocked to hear of this building collapse around this area of the city, precisely along stadium and Egbu road. In this disaster, six people were rescued while four persons were confirmed dead. I learnt that Owerri Capital Development Authority has initially sealed this structure against further work but the landlord stubbornly carried on with the construction, adding an additional floor to existing storey building”.

He added, “The next building I understand is owned by the same landlord suffers the same fate. So, I have ordered that the two buildings go down without delay to safeguard against further occurrence and also to serve as a deferent to overzealous landlords and contractors who are involved in this type of mess”.

He said “Government henceforth will setup building departments separate from OCDA for standards and regulation. Qualified Engineers are henceforth to sample, test and supervise every structure and their construction in the city and suburbs. We as a government can no longer fold our hands and watch landlords and unqualified engineers waste or endanger the lives of our people. All buildings must be inspected and given certification”.

According him, “Owerri, being the fastest growing city in Nigeria is a good development but that is no reason for our people to build anyhow or anywhere for safety reasons. One of the survivors lost a child and I commend the commissioner of Police and the Red Cross for their early intervention. Government will strive to see avenues to find the survivors a means of livelihood while we pray that God grants the dead victims a sweet repose”.

Sam Onwuemeodo

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.


The Executive Governor of Imo State, His Excellency, Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha (OON), most graciously invites all Imo sons and daughters irrespective of political party affiliation including corporate organizations to an all-embracing Stakeholders Forum, tagged “Imo Freedom Day”. The Forum provides an opportunity for individuals and organizations who have issues with the actions or inactions of the Rescue Mission Administration to present their grievances in the open court in a manner devoid of acrimony and rancor. This will enable Government officials respond to such issues as they are presented at the interactive session.

The Forum which will be moderated by the Chairman, Nigerian Union of Journalists, Imo State, Sir Innocent Igwe shall also be an opportunity to address grievances among individual citizens and groups who may have suffered different forms of injury/injustice from Government, fellow citizens or groups. The agenda is elastic and includes:

1.      Allegations of corruption

2.      Cases of impunity

3.      Deprivation

4.      Miscarriage of justice

5.      Highhandedness

6.      Land matters

7.      Payment of salaries, pensions etc

Date:   Saturday, 6th May, 2017

Venue:            Freedom Square, adjacent Imo International Convention Centre, Owerri.

Time: 9.00am – 12.00 noon with live coverage on the following Networks:

1.      Imo Broadcasting Corporation (IBC)

2.      Hot FM

3.      Heartland FM

4.      Channels Television

5.      AIT

Aggrieved persons/organizations are requested to obtain Complaints Form from the Office of the Chairman, Nigerian Union of Journalists, Port Harcourt Road, Owerri. All completed Complaints Forms should be returned to the same location latest 3rd May, 2017 to enable appropriate responses from Line Government Officials and individuals or groups as the case may be.

Special Guests of Honours include:

1.      All former Governors

2.      All distinguished Senators past and present

3.      All members, Federal House of Representatives, past and present

4.      The Rt. Hon. Speaker and Members, Imo State House of Assembly including former Honourable Members

5.      All Ministers, past and present

6.      All Bishops and Leaders of various churches etc

7.      All patriotic and well-meaning citizens of Imo State.

All Imo sons and daughters are enjoined to embrace the Day as the Rescue Mission Administration of His Excellency, Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha, the Senior Advocate of the Masses continues to take Imo State to greater heights. No person or group shall suffer any victimization or witch-hunting from this exercise.

Truth is constant.


Dr. Paschal C. Obi (KSM)

Principal Secretary to the Governor of Imo State.

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