No structural defects found in Juba Stadium Collapse (1).docx
By Kei Emmanuel Duku
The Minister of Youth and Sports in the Republic of South Sudan, Dr. Albino Bol Dhieu has on Thursday announced the resumption of construction work in Juba Stadium. This came after investigation committee led by the Undersecretary in Ministry of Youth & Sports was formed to establish the course for the collapse of Juba Stadium on the 06/10/2020.
Bol said from the facts and evidence gathered the committee found out that the incident was a
minor accident caused as result of human error but not structural failure and therefore
recommend immediate resumption of construction.
“Based on the above conclusions and the recommendation of the committee, I would like to assure the people of South Sudan about the Safety of the stadium and I do hereby direct the resumption of the construction process of Juba Stadium with immediate effect” said Bol.
He further stated the collapse of Juba Stadium was a result of Overloading of the formwork support due to disturbance by impact of the nozzle, Collision of the shooter with the formwork support and Mechanical fault of pump Machine as such the Ministry of Youth and Sports together with the committee recommended the contractor to use metal props instead of teak poles for the remaining part of the construction process.
Meanwhile the for his the part Eng. Girma Shiferaw, the Managing director for GS construction
Company express his satisfaction with the committee and the ministry for the speedy
investigation process and said construction work will start immediately.
“As we said from the beginning that the incident was minor and human error, now that the investigation has found so, we are going to resume work tomorrow (Friday) because we want Juba Stadium to be ready by early January so that Soccer fans start enjoying the facility” said Shiferaw.
The construction of the Juba stadium is a $5 million pledge made to the South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) by FIFA President Gianni Infantino during his visit to South Sudan after his first election as head of the world soccer governing body.