2 injured as a newly completed school in Osun collapse.

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A newly completed Ejigbo High School in Osun state under the Administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola, collapsed on Wednesday. The completed part of the school, which was ready for inauguration collapsed at around 5.30am and Some persons were reportedly injured. There was no death recorded as the structure had yet to be occupied by pupils.

On Tuesday, Governor Rauf Aregbesola had boasted at his campaign rally in Ede that the new school which just collapsed is one of the most beautiful schools in the country.

The administration built the school following the introduction of
school restructuring by the incumbent governor.

The Police Public Relations Officer for the state, Mrs. Folasade
Odoro, said the school building came down due to heavy wind.
She said that the preliminary investigation by the police revealed
that the building collapsed following a heavy wind on Wednesday
morning.
She said, “The building collapsed due to heavy wind which blew
this morning. Two artisans laying tiles sustained injuries. They
were treated and have been discharged.”

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The governor, while reacting to the incident in a statement issued
by his media aide, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, said, “The Government of
the State of Osun regrets to inform members of the public about the
suspect incidence of the collapse of the main hall of the newly
completed ultra-modern Ejigbo High School.

“Information at the disposal of the government indicates that the
main hall which had been completed along with other classrooms
of the school came down at about 6am Wednesday after a loud
bang.
“As a responsible government, it is too early for us to say what the
exact cause of the collapse is until we have full investigations and
advice of professionals.

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“However, it must be stated here that all necessary quality
assurance tests were carried out to ensure structural durability
and integrity of the project.
“Engineers from the Osun Ministry of Works and engineers from the
Structural Engineering section of the Nigerian Society of Engineers
have been dispatched to the site to establish the real cause of this
unfortunate incident.”

The Commissioner for Information, Mr. Sunday Akere, also blamed the
collapse on sabotage. He said that some residents of the town claimed that low calibre sexplosive was used to blow up part of the structure.

The Director of publicity, Research and Strategy of the All
Progressives Congress, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi, accused the Peoples
Democratic Party of being behind the collapse.
He said, “I can tell you this categorically that the PDP sabotaged
the structure. Investigation is going on.”

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But the Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Bola Ajao, denied the
allegation. He said it was unfortunate that the school building
collapsed.
Ajao said, “They are driven by what they will gain from everything.
They used substandard products and now they are blaming it on
PDP.”

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