Easter Tragedy in Calabar as $14million Uncompleted Indoor Sports Hall Collapses


It was Easter tragedy in Calabar over the weekend as the $14million uncompleted multipurpose Indoor Sports Hall at the U. J. Esuene, Stadium collapsed.

The indoor sports facility was awarded at the cost of $14million to Henley Brecon and Mayfield Limited by the immediate past administration of Governor Liyel Imoke.

It was learnt that the amount paid upfront the handlers of the project.

The uncompleted in- door sports hall was one of the facilities meant for the hosting of the National Sports Festival, which would have been hosted by the state since.

Eyewitness, Nyong Edem, said the structure, collapsed in the afternoon, a few minutes after some people finished cleaning debris from the uncompleted facility.

Edem said they were lucky that it happened during a public holiday as most people, especially children, did not come to the stadium, adding that it would have been a major disaster.

Chairman of the State Sports Commission, Orok Duke, while reacting over the incident, said it was unfortunate that the contractor did not only fail to deliver the project according to schedule , and specification, after collecting about N5.8billion upfront, but used substandard the indoor sport hall.