Newly constructed UBa grand stand collapses few days after varsity games

NEWS 08 May 2017
Newly constructed UBa grand stand collapses few days after varsity games

By Wambo Emmanuel in Bamenda
Officials of the University of Bamenda UBa, the elite of Tubah sub division, the population and the students on campus were stunned in the early morning of Thursday, April 4, 2017, one week after the closing ceremony of the Bamenda University games by Minister for Higher education, Jacques Fame Ndongo, to find out that the grandstand that just hosted over 6000 guest and athletes for the 2017 games was blown off by win. Mysterious indeed as many concluded after witnessing what happened to the grandstand that morning. The incidence has pushed many to doubt the competences of the construction company and its technicians. Their fear is how long will the infrastructures under construction last if the roof can be blown off this early.

At the scene of the incident, some onlookers were quick to point accusing fingers at officials of the University, CPDM political elite and government for bringing partisan politics to the games. They accused them of rushing the works and organizing the games in infrastructure still under construction. Just to save their faces. they argued that there was no need to play of FENASU games so early. The construction engineers, according to one of the elite of Tubah, Abety Humphrey, had nothing left than to hasten up the work to be received. The beneficiary and the supervisory authorities of the project, he said, failed in their task to control the grandstand before receiving.
However, the incident did not deter the Vice Chancellor of the University of Bamenda, professor Theresia Nkuo Akenji and administration. She said despite the setback, work on the ongoing projects in the campus will continue despite end of the FENASU games. She made the declaration to the press in a press conference to evaluate and appraise the entire organization of the 20th edition of the University games on her campus. The VC, Professor Theresia Nkuo Akenji did not fail to acknowledge the short coming of the games like the uncompleted infrastructures, play ground, water, electricity, and logistics among others.
She hailed the governor of the NW region and his collaborators, the Minister of higher education, Jacques Fame Ndongo and the local organizing committee of the games for making provisions for the smooth running of the games before, during and after. Above all, she saluted the spirit of fair play exhibited in various disciplines from the different delegations.

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