Lagos - The management of Yaba College of
Technology (Yabatech), Lagos, on Thursday said structural engineers have been
dispatched to ascertain the level of damages at a female hostel razed by fire.
Dr Charles Oni, the college Director, Public Relations Unit,
made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
Oni said that the findings of the engineers would assist the
management in its next line of action.
NAN reports that an early morning inferno had on Wednesday
destroyed 20 rooms at the Bakassi Female Hostel in the campus.
The inferno was said to have started at about 5.20 a.m. when
the school generator was switched on following a power outage.
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Oni said, “Structural engineers are presently inspecting the
building to determine the level of damage and make recommendations to the
“We cannot demolish the entire building because it is a huge
project, and we do not have the funds to carry out such project.
“Investigation is still ongoing to ascertain the cause of
the fire in the hostel.
“There are many different versions of what led to the fire
outbreak, but the management is combing everywhere to look for facts.’’ The
college’s spokesman said that residents of the hostel had been evacuated for
On compensation for the victims, Oni said that the
management would make its decision known after the investigation.
NAN reports that Rector of the college, Dr Margaret Ladipo,
had on Wednesday visited 13 students receiving treatment at the college medical
centre and the Military Hospital, Yaba.
The management had also suspended all academic activities in