A fire incident at the University of Abuja has destroyed the laboratory of the department of Chemistry at the mini-campus.
The fire which started Saturday midnight raged on until Sunday morning and efforts by some university staff and men of the fire fighting division from Gwagwalada to put out the inferno failed. The presence of highly inflammable materials in the laboratory worsen the situation and as a result, the fire reduced the entire fittings and roofing of the building to rubble resulting in the loss of equipment and chemical worth millions of naira.
A statement from the Deputy Registrar Information Waziri Garba said the Vice-chancellor Professor James Adelabu has set up a seven-man committee to probe the fire incident and that of the male hostel which happened earlier on February, 18.
The committee is headed by Professor K.S. Okwute of the Chemistry Department. Other members are Professor Barkindo, Bawuro Mohammed; Professor Isu, Nennaya Rosemary; Dr Odeleye, Daniel Odeyemi; Dr (Mrs) Ocholi, Ekundayo Fehintola and Engr. M.N. Joshua, with Malam Yahya I. Mohammed, Deputy Registrar (Council Affairs) to serve as Secretary. Other terms of reference of the committee are: to determine the extent of damage in the two incidents, establish whether or not there were security lapses in the two incidents, suggest measures to be taken to rehabilitate the laboratory facility and the room in the hostel, recommend immediate measures to be taken to provide a temporary facility to serve as a Chemistry laboratory, recommend measures on how to forestall future occurrences, and any other relevant matter.
The Committee is to submit its reports to the Vice-Chancellor in two weeks from Monday 25th February, 2013.