Lagos sets up panel to investigate collapsed building

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

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The Lagos State Government on Tuesday has set up a 5-Man panel to investigate the immediate and remote causes of a recent building collapse at Ita Faji area Lagos Island, in the State.

This comes following the promise by the State Governor Mr Akinwunmi Ambode to investigate and unravel what led to the collapsed building which claimed about 20 lives, majorly children and 45 others who sustained degrees of injuries.

The move by the State was to prevent further occurrence of such calamity as the panel would investigate the cause of the collapsed structure and make appropriate recommendations.

Determine Cause of Collapse
The Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Prince Rotimi Ogunleye, while inagurating the panel comprising building professionals from the private sector, said the term of reference of the panel included the mandate to determine the immediate and remote cause of the collapsed building.

Ogunleye explained that the panel was also to proffer remedial measures to stem further building collapse in the future, saying that the panel would also determine the level of negligence on the part of the developers or owners of buildings and the role of the State government.

Make Recommendation
The Commissioner also mentioned that the panel was to make recommendation for future efficient service delivery that would halt collapse of buildings in the State.

Ogunleye said the recommendation of the panel would be acted upon as government was determined to stem the tide of collapsed building.

He stated that the panel had two weeks to submit its report to the government for prompt action.

Chairman of the panel, and a retired Permanent Secretary in Lagos State, Mr. Wasiu Olokunola said the panel would ensure it deliver on the task.

He noted that the members with their versed experience and knowledge in the building industry would make it happen.

Last Wednesday, a three-storey building housing a nursery and Primary school and residential lodge, caved in at Ita-faaji area Lagos Island killing scores and injuring many.

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