…NITP seeks strengthening of town planning laws
Two persons have been confirmed dead after the wall of a market stall collapsed in Ikot Akpatek in Onna local government area of Akwa Ibom State.
The Commissioner of Police (CP) Murtala Usman Mani, who confirmed the incident, explained that “an old wall fell on them in that market.’’
“Two women died because an old wall fell on them, the CP, said.
It was gathered that 18 persons were said to have escaped death with varying degrees of injuries and are recuperating in hospitals and clinics in Onna and the nearby Eket Local Government areas.
A section of the market popularly called Urua Edere Obo , according to an eye witness crashed in the early hours when the weekly market was in session.
Also confirming the incident, the chairman of Onna local government transition committee, Tim Ndoho said the injured had been mobilised to the hospital adding that “they are currently responding to treatment.’’
Ndoho in a statement made available to the media said Governor Udom Emmanuel who hails from the local government area has been briefed on the incident.
According to him, the wall of a private shop near the weekly Edereobo market collapsed and hit eight market women who sustained various degrees of injuries.
Meanwhile, worried by the alarming rate of collapsed buildings in the country, the Nigerian Institute of Town Planning (NITP) has called on the State government to ensure the domestication of the 1992 Urban and Regional Planning Law.
The Acting Chairman, Beulah Ofem, in a press conference in Uyo, the State capital yesterday, explained that the domestication of such laws would go a long way to effectively manage the physical development of the State.