By Ekemini Raymond
The ongoing construction of the tallest tower in Calabar, embarked upon by the Catholic church in UNICAL has claimed the life of the engineer handling the project.
The sad incident occurred in the early hours of today,when the late engineer was said to have climbed up to put finishing touches some work that was being done at the top of the tower, but suddenly fell from the fourth floor of the tower. He was then rushed to the University of Calabar Teaching hospital where he gave up the ghost.
Speaking on the incident,the President of the Catholic Students Association in the church, narrated how the man came this morning with his vehicle and started work as usual, but suddenly, they heard a heavy sound and when they rushed to the scene, the late engineer was lying helpless and they had to rush him to the hospital for treatment.
Another eye witness to the tragedy, the Coordinator of the graduating students, Anthony Onah, said that the graduating students came for a novelty match scheduled for today, but while still preparing for the match, the man fell down and was helpless, he said he and the choirmaster helped in rushing the man to the hospital.
According to him, on reaching the emergency unit of the UCTH, the doctor on duty reluctantly pronounced that the man is dead on arrival, without any attempt by him to salvage the situation. He lamented the unconcerned attitude exhibited by the doctor on duty.
Meanwhile, an assistance of the late engineer who came with him for work said it was the plank the master stood up there, that broke and caused the master’s fall.
He appealed to the church and the entire University to compensate him and the master’s family over the sudden departure of his master.
The late engineer who was simply identified as Williams is a native of Nsit Ubium L.G.A of Akwa Ibom State.
As at the time of going to the press, the body of the deceased had been deposited at the UCTH mortuary.
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