The bridge at the Children’s Amusement Park located at the Ikemba Ojukwu Centre in Owerri, Imo, built by Governor Rochas Okorocha’s administration has collapsed.
According to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria, nobody was killed or injured in the incident which caused pandemonium in the area and gave room for criticism by some parents whose children visited the place on May 27 during the 2018 Children’s Day Celebration.
The incident occurred after a heavy downpour on Tuesday night. The bridge, being a major tourism site, has been used to generate funds for the state government. When contacted, the State Commissioner for Happiness and Purpose Fulfillment, Ogechi Ololo said she had yet to be briefed on the cause of the incident.
An witness, Mrs Mary Nlemadim, said: “It is unfortunate that this is happening in the state, especially at a place that is supposed to be a recreation centre. I thank God that it happened in the night when people were not around; otherwise, there might have been casualties. I urge the state government and engineers working on construction projects in the state to be more dedicated and thorough,” she said.
Also, an Engineer, Mr Okechukwu Uba said: “there is need to critically look at all the construction projects going on in the state. This is necessary to avoid unnecessary waste of resources, time and human capacity. These projects need to get proper approval from professional hands or bodies; they also need to be properly supervised by qualified and experienced personnel. Again, they have to be done systematically and not many things at the same time. These projects need to be finished up in a tidy manner and subjected to stress tests where necessary, before being opened to the public’’.