By Our reporter
The Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area Chairman, Sir Sam Ahiarakwe, has directed investigations in a case of collapsed building that occurred after a heavy down pour at Eke Ahiara junction.
The LGA boss gave the directives during his visit to the site of the collapsed building.
According to reports, the building which had reached rooting stage was located close to a burrow pit where red earth was excavated for road construction.
Sir Ahiarakwe stated that henceforth, no one would be allowed to engage in such projects without approved plan from the town planning authorities stressing that engineers carry out tests in sites to ascertain soil texture before buildings are erected.
He charged the town planning authorities to strictly monitor the structures being built in the area to avert a reoccurrence, pointing out that two years ago there was a similar building collapse at Amaiyi Obohia, also in the LGA, but no casualties were recorded in the cases.
The owner of the building also was said to also have a two-storey building with serious defects in another location known as Alaogbaga.
According to residents, the owner, a furniture maker by profession, was always overseeing his buildings instead of engaging qualified engineers.