By Onome Oghenetega

At least, one person has been reportedly killed at the Anwai Campus of the Delta State University (DELSU) when a concrete slab of a lecture hall under construction collapsed on Monday.

Three other workers at the site were learnt have sustained various degrees of injuries during the incident.

The Anwai campus of DELSU is near Asaba, the Delta State seat of power.

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It was learnt that one of the workers had stepped on the concrete slab at the ongoing lecture hall building and suddenly collapsed killing the victim who was under it.

It was gathered that the concrete slab was not dried at the time the incident happened leading to the collapse of the section on the unidentified worker who was scooping sand beneath.

Sources at the university community claimed that the incident resulted to students, lecturers and other varsity workers near the area scampering for safety.

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Academic activities at the campus were temporarily halted due to the incident.

The students of the university were said to be mobilising for a spontaneous protest when they discovered that it was a building collapse, but were promptly dissuaded by a concerted effort of anti riot policemen drafted to the campus to maintain law and order.

The Commissioner for Higher Education, Professor Patrick Muoboghare,  who immediately visited the scene, expressed sadness over the death of the worker and the injured.

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Muoboghare said the family of the deceased had been contacted on the sad incident, adding that the injured were receiving treatment at a hospital in the state capital.

The commissioner explained, “Workers were setting up a concrete slab. It was not dried before one worker mistakenly stepped on it while carrying a load.

“You know when you are setting blocks, it must be allowed to age the concrete must be dried. This has nothing to do with the integrity of the building, as the building is intact.”

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