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  • Updated: February 16, 2024

Imo government seals supermarket over structural defect

Imo government seals supermarket over structural defect

The Government of Imo has sealed Everyday Supermarket and other businesses located at the Ikenegbu axis of Owerri, the state capital.

The government took the decision following an alarm raised by an Imo-based structural engineer, Kingsley Onwubiko, over the structural defects noticed at the plaza.

It said, "It's prompt to respond if sealing up the plaza to avoid incidents that can lead to loss of lives, pending the proper integrity test of the buildings and possible reinforcement to be carried out on it."

But as of the time our reporter visited the plaza, officials of the Owerri Capital Development Authority (OCDA) had sealed up the entire buildings and shut down all the businesses sited within the plaza.

When contacted, an official of the agency who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they acted upon an order by the Governor of the state, Senator Hope Uzodinma, who they said does not want any incidents of building collapse that could lead to loss of lives and properties in the state.

The engineer who raised the alarm, Kingsley Onwubiko, described the move by the state government as a welcome development.

He said, "Sealing off the property and waiting for the integrity test and assessment is the best thing to do. I believe that after proper assessment of restructuring of the failed sections of the building will follow suit or outright demolition to avoid any loss of lives and properties."

He further maintained that his team are on the lookout for any structures with similar cases in the state, to expose them and avoid impending danger.

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