Anambra 5 storey building collapse suspected to be shrouded in secrecy

…As DMGS Old Boys commence investigations

By Okey Maduforo

Twenty four hours after a five storey building under construction at the Dennis Memorial Grammar School, DMGS Onitsha collapsed,, the incident has been trailed by insinuations that the matter appears to be shrouded in secrecy.

The project which is estimated at over N300 million is a Centenary building being executed by the Old Boys of the Institution, which is expected to be commissioned next year as part of the celebration of one hundred years of the establishment of the school.

Similarly it has been confirmed that six persons were working at the project site and out of the number, three were inside the building when it collapsed but one of them died few minutes after the collapse.

At the site of the project both the Principal of the school and some members of the Old Boys Association declined comments on the cause of the incident a development that has left the public guessing.

It was however confirmed that the project Chief Consultant and another project supervisor Engr Nweke are professionals with track records of quality delivery, having worked as experts in government establishments for years, hence raising moral questions about the cause of the collapse.

Meanwhile a statement issued by the Director of Operations Mr Chijioke Oji stated that the Association is known for transparent and quality adding that a thorough investigation has commenced to determine the cause of the ugly incident.

“The DMGS and DMGS Centenary have an enviable record of transparency and commitment to health and safety. You can trust the information we share”

“DMGS will rise from this disaster following the investigation to conduct a thorough review of the incident, identifying areas for improvement and implementing changes to prevent similar incidents in the future”

“It is easier to develop a plan to rebuild but we pledge that any lesson learnt from the investigation will be rigorously applied to ensure the highest safety standards and quality construction” he said.

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