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Building collapse: Tribunal indicts govt officials

By OLASUNKANMI AKONI

LAGOS — The Tribunal of Inquiry into collapsed buildings in Lagos State, yesterday, submitted its report to Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, saying the flagrant violation of the state laws by public officials, crass indiscipline and gross corruption were some of the reasons responsible for the high cases of collapsed buildings in the state.

Presenting the final eight-volume report of the tribunal at the State House, Alausa, Ikeja, to the governor, the Chairperson, Mrs. Abimbola Ajayi, blamed weak implementation of laws, especially the 2010 Planning Regulations and Building Control Law, by relevant government agencies for different cases of collapsed buildings witnessed in the state.

Ajayi lamented that while the law empowered the government agencies, the system did not, because of political, cultural, administrative and other interventions.

According to her: “Weak implementation by the relevant government agencies, flagrant abuse and deliberate flouting by the public, crass indiscipline and gross corruption by all and sundry rendered the laws ineffective.

“It is important to note that of all the cases that have been investigated so far, no professional had been indicted. This invariably implies that non-professionals and unregistered practitioners are the ones mainly active in the industry causing this sad state of affairs.”

Responding, Fashola urged the professional bodies in the construction sector to sanction any member who was either building or completed the construction of the building that collapsed.

Fashola constituted the tribunal on May 20, 2013, to proffer solution to the incessant cases of collapsed buildings which had claimed several lives in the last few years.


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