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Lagos building collapse: Your Political Probe Not Enough, Body Of Architects Tells Sanwo-Olu


ABEOKUTA - The body of Architects in Nigeria, Nigerian Chartered Architects (ANCA), has demanded a three-legged probe into collapsed 21-storey building in Lagos, maintaining that the political probe panel set up by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu was not enough.


ANCA, in a statement issued and made available to journalists, said apart from what it called political probe, there is need for a technical probe and a judicial probe or Corona inquest.


The Statement was signed by the National President and Secretary of the Association, Arc (Dr) Moyosore Omatsone and Arc (Dr) Adekoyejo Jolaoso, respectively.


While commending the Governor for the promptness at setting up the political panel which the Association said will douse the spontaneous tension, the Association was of the opinion that the magnitude and very wide implication of the incident warrant more.


According to it, a technical probe which should be peopled with all technical personnel in the building, construction and property industries will look at the original brief of the project and its design particularly fundamental requirements for a 7-Star fully serviced residential facility.


The technical probe, the Association also said further, will also look at the expected life span of the development and to also question the structural Engineer who withdrew his service midway into the project, saying that it wasn't enough for the Engineer to withdraw, but to ensure that the structural design he was supervising was professionally adequate for 15 floors.


The technical team will also subject the quality of the materials used to adequate scientific and technical analysis and how the project was managed from design stage to the time of collapse and how often technical site meetings were held, if any, the Association said.


"We would like to emphasise that, questions relating to who did what on the project and how it was carried out, the quality of the consultants, contractors and other contributors have been answered at the political probe and not technical probe. These may only be referred to the next level of probe."


According to the Association, a judicial probe or Corona's Inquest should be given enough time to investigate the legal implications of the first two probes, adding that both judicial and technical probes should not be rushed.


"This probe should address the fundamental questions whether the developer is dead or alive and make a judicial pronouncement. It is our understanding that the developer is Fourscore Homes Limited and before we are beclouded by the sentiment 'you don't deride or castigate the dead', a judicial pronouncement is necessary.


"Every question that needs an answer from the developer regarding the calamity must be asked. The judicial probe may have to find out from other jurisdictions whether it is customary for Planning Approval Agencies in the UK to 'mistakenly' approve 3 floors instead of 2 or 7 floors instead of 6 or it is just a case of serial law breaker.


"Several other legal issues need to be articulated and judicially resolved, especially with the colossal loss of lives," the Association said.


It appealed to legal professionals to allow the first two probes to do their work without unnecessary injunctions and delay while reserving their arsenals and energies for the judicial probe where they could have a field day.


It also advised that the technical probe should be conducted on the other two standing towers beside the collapsed one.


The Association also offered to be available for official presentations should any probe connected with the subject matter demands its attention.


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