The death toll from the building that collapsed on students in Jos South local government area of Plateau state on Sunday night has risen to 10.
Our correspondent gathered from a source in Plateau hospital that 2 children who were rushed to the hospital died in the early hours of yesterday morning , while three other persons died at a hospital in Bukuru where the children were rushed too.
Nigerian pilot gathered that the incident occurred at Abu Naib Islamic school along Gero road in Bukuru while the children were receiving Islamic lectures Sunday evening.
The School was a secondary school but used on weekends to tutor children on Islamic studies.‬
North Central Zonal coordinator of the National Emergency Mangement Agency NEMA, Muhammad Abdulsalam had on Sunday night told newsmen that four persons were killed , he however said one of the survivors died making it five.
He said that when the incident happened “ four children were confirmed dead while twenty five others sustained injuries and were taken to the specialists hospital but one other person died making it five . He added
The Chief Medical director of Plateau specialist hospital, Philemon Golwa also confirmed to our correspondent that two survivors died at the hospital.
Meanwhile ,Survivors of the storey building that collapsed in Jos south local government area of the state have narrated their ordeal to our correspondent.
A survivor Mamunat Mohammed a ten year old who spoke to our correspondent on her hospital bed at the Plateau specialist hospital said “ we were in Class on sunday evening receiving Quranic lessons , when we heard a loud noise and then I found my self on this hospital bed “.
My waist is broken , my legs aches” she added .
Mrs Zuwabia Ibrahim a mother of a victim said her daughter Amina Ibrahim 10 years old , left home at about 5pm on sunday to attend quranic lessons not too far from her house in Bukuru “
According to her “ about one hour thirty minutes later we got a call from our friend that the school my daughter goes to receives Quranic lessons had collapsed , I immediately called my husband and we rushed to the scene and was told that our daughter was alive and had been rushed to the hospital but badly injured .
I thank Allah for saving my daughter,s life , she added.
Meanwhile Plateau state Governor Simon Lalong, has condoned with the families of those who lost their loved ones in the storey building that collapsed in Bukuru Jos south local government area of the state.
The governor in a statement signed by his director of Press affairs , Emmauel Nanle reads “ it has received with a heavy heart the news of the collapse of the Abu – Ni’ima Islamiyya School, Gyero Junction Bukuru on Islamic Disciples on Quranic Training.
The building collapsed on the Students Sunday evening during the heavy down pour of rainfall over the Jos Bukuru Metropolis resulting in the death of some students on the spot while 24 (Twenty four) others injured were rushed to the Bingham Hospital (Jankwano), Plateau Specialist Hospital, and Sunnah Hospital all in Jos for immediate medical attention “.
“In response to the emergency; the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), the Nigeria Police and Government Officials acting on the instruction of the Governor immediately mobilized to site to ensure the immediate evacuation of any person or persons likely to have been trapped in the debris “.
“The Governor expresses deep concern for this loss of lives which brings to bear the necessity to ensure that public buildings conform to building standards and the need for them to be certified fit to accommodate students in training. In this wise the Governor has assured that all Agencies of Government saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that all public buildings particularly schools are fit for use; are up and doing in ensuring the safety of these structures.
The statement also reads that Similarly, the Governor wishes to assure the citizenry of Plateau State that the unfortunate incidence in the Tudun Wada Area during the early hours of the day concerning the right of way and issues surrounding the blockade of roads during worship which almost resulted in the breakdown of law and order have been brought under control by the swift response of the members of the Operation Safe Heavens and the Nigeria Police.
While commending the Security Operatives for their swift response, the Governor further pleads with the entire citizenry and particularly residents of Tudun Wada Area to Exercise Restrain and to show a sustained commitment to consolidating on the peace building efforts of the Government through accommodation, mutual understanding and peaceful co-existence.
A teacher who survived the incidence Useni Ibrahim , lamented the sad incidence , he said the building is an uncompleted building that is been used as an Islamic school , he also confirmed that some teachers were among the dead.
Meanwhile, the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, COREN, yesterday said that its Engineering Regulation and Monitoring, ERM, team, has commenced assessment of the building which collapsed at an Islamic School in Bukuru, Plateau State.
The President of COREN, Mr. Kashim Ali, made this known in an interview with the NAN in Abuja.
He was reacting to the collapse of a one-storey building in Abu Naib Islamic School in Bukuru, Jos South Local Government area, Plateau State, where four children were reportedly killed.
Ali said that COREN would only take action after the ERM office in Jos, presents the report of its assessment to the Council.
“We are yet to get a report on the circumstances surrounding the collapse. Our ERM team will go there and look at the situation, then report to the Council.
“Until the report reaches us, we cannot say exactly what happened or the immediate causes of the collapse.
“As it is, it is the builder that is likely to be responsible. We learnt that the building had challenge and the pupils had complained about the condition of the structure.
“We can only blame the government authorities if they were aware but failed to take action,’’ he said.
Ali explained that architects provide the designs for the entire building while the engineer is responsible for the structural, mechanical and electrical aspects of structures that are higher than bungalows.
“Architects do the building designs, but it is the engineer who is responsible for the design and construction of the beams, columns and slabs that would bear the weight of multi-storied structure.
“Most building collapse involves structures that have many stories. Bungalows don’t really need extensive mechanical and electrical engineering input,’’ he added.
Also speaking, an Architect, Mr Yohanna Bawa said that architects could only be held responsible for building collapse, if the individual was the builder or project supervisor for a failed structure.
According to him, the main role of the architect is to provide the design for the building and monitor same to ensure the project adhered to the architectural design.

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