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Fear grips Abakaliki residents over unsafe building

 Fear has gripped residents of Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital, over looming collapse of two three-storey buildings located at N0 12 and 13 Orifite Street.
The two buildings became source of worry following Saturday’sheavy down pour, which pulled down their fences and rendered the houses very weak.
Accessing the level of damaged, Governor Dave Umahi ordered evacuation of the occupantswithin five days.
 “First of all we sympathise with you. Whatever we know we can do to assist you, we will do. But let me give you a warning because your lives are very important to us. These two buildings can collapse any moment from now, these buildings are very dangerous.
‘’So if I were you, I will start thinking of what to do. The buildings are very weak. The Commissioner for Environment has to bring the owners to see me tomorrow by 1p.m. But I want you to look at it critically and know what I have said, especially with the rain coming and the problem of flood; we cannot solve it overnight and with the way the building are. You have sewage underground; it puts the lives of the members of these two buildings at danger.
“We are directing immediate evacuation of occupants of these two buildings and Commissioner for Environment must go through the town and locate buildings that are like this. The lives of the people are very important. I feel so sad for what has happened in Ebonyi with the rain, but most of them are inflicted by us,” Umahi said.
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