By Kizito Duru
The Chairman of the Technical Committee of the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE), Engr. Kingsley Onwubiko, has debunked the news that his team recommended the demolition of Somto Hospital which Governor Hope Uzodimma activated on Monday by pulling down the building.
Onwubiko and other engineers in the Integrity and Infrastructural Committee of NSE, Owerri Branch, were assembled by the immediate past Governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha, to carry out integrity test on some projects of his predecessor, Senator Rochas Okorocha, and make recommendations.
Onwubiko said that contrary to the claims in some quarters that his team recommended the demolition of the structure, his team only recommended for the reinforcement of failed sections of the structure.
Onwubiko tagged the government’s action as wasteful, maintaining that the building needed remedial measures on failed sections to pass integrity test.
“We never recommended the demolition of the Somto Hospital. It is a lie from the pit of hell. We carry out integrity test on the building and marked parts that needed reinforcement. We recommended reinforcement by addition more pillars on the building and other remedial measures. This was contained in the over 200 page report we submitted to the Governor at the end of our assignment
“Whosoever that advised Governor Uzodimma to demolish the building is evil. That structure is valued at over a Hundred Million Naira. Instead of destroying it, it should have been converted into a market. Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha had in mind to covert the building into a special market, after renovation.” Onwubiko said.