Ikoyi collapsed building: Panel digs for fact, visits hospital, incident site

Ikoyi collapsed building

Members of the public have been called upon to give useful information or submit memoranda that could help to unravel the cause of the 21 storey building that collapsed in Ikoyi area of Lagos State, which led to death of over 40 person.

The chairman of the panel set up on incident, Toyin Ayinde made the call yesterday, while giving update on their activities since its inauguration. He disclosed that the panel had already visited the site of the incident and also went to hospital to get information from some the victims of the incident who were still alive

It will be recalled that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on November 4, inaugurated the Tribunal of Inquiry into the collapse of the 21 storey building on number 44 B,C,D, Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.
The governor gave the panel 30 days to submit it report on cause of the incident which occured on Monday, November 1, to forestall future occurrence.

Giving update on Monday, Ayinde who affirmed that sitting is already in progress, urged members of the public with credible information of direct bearing to the collapsed building incident to send such to [email protected] on or before, Wednesday, twenty-fourth November, 2021.

He also gave terms of reference of the panel as follow; to determine the cause(s) of the collapse of the 21-storey building under construction; whether there was full compliance with the physical planning, building, building materials testing, laws and regulations in Lagos State by the developer or by any other person; or whether there was any supervisory, oversight or enforcement lapses on the part of any of the relevant regulatory authorities in the State.

Others include, investigating and procuring from all listed professionals on the project their contracts of service, drawings, minutes of site meetings, schedules and all other relevant documents that may assist in the inquiry; investigating and conducting necessary tests on materials used for the construction of the collapsed building;

The panel is also expected to make recommendations on how to best ensure the safety of the construction space and prevent building collapse in the state, both for development of projects and to ensure an effective and efficient regulatory environment; just as it will recommend disciplinary action or prosecution of any person or corporate body found culpable.

Meanwhile, the Tribunal began formal interviews with witnesses from Tuesday, 16th November, 2021 in order to identify the roles played in the activities that led to the collapse of the building, and received the report from the consultants who conducted verticality tests on the remaining structures standing in the premises of the collapsed building while the results of the tests on the construction materials are still being awaited.

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