Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has suspended with immediate effect the Executive Secretary, Aba Town Planning Authority, Mr Okezie Ahutionye over the 3-storey building which collapsed in Aba on Wednesday.
Ikpeazu who gave the order when he visited the site of the building collapse in Aba, expressed sadness over the incident which has so far claimed over five lives.
Expressing shock at the low quality materials used to erect the 3-storey building, the governor who was visibly angry, directed security agents to arrest the developer of the property and bring him to justice.
Governor Ikpeazu expressed his desire to meet with the families of the dead persons and directed the state Ministry of land, planning and survey to improve its supervision at construction sites, and condemned those who embark on construction of buildings without obtaining proper approvals.
Governor Ikpeazu who was accompanied by his Deputy, Rt Hon Ude Oko Chukwu, Acting Transition Council Chairman of Aba South LGA,
Evangelist Fred Aja Ogwo, among other top government officials, warned such people to desist from the illegal acts or face dire consequences.
Meanwhile, Governor Ikpeazu has appointed the Deputy General Manager of Abia State Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA), Chief Roland Nwakanma, as the site coordinator of the ongoing search and recover efforts by the government.