By Olasunkanmi Akoni
Lagos State Safety Commission has issued a Stop Work order on Eko Energy Estate, a client of Property Development Company, PRODECO, for failing to comply with the state’s safety laws.
Mr. Fouad Alade-Oki, Director General of the commission, who disclosed this Thursday, said the order was issued following a drama that ensued when officials of the commission got to the project site, located on Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, but were denied access to the facility by officials of the company.
All efforts to get the management to see reasons why it should allow the commission carry out its lawful duties proved abortive.
Alade-Oki recalled that the company had earlier been served abatement notice for their inability to produce the safety plan for the project, which would have shown its risk and hazard assessment as well as fire and other safety measures.
Furthermore, the commission noted that workers were working on site without adequate protective gears in addition to several cranes that were on site without proper documentation.
Similarly, the commission also inspected the Eko Atlantic City project site, where it highlighted areas that needed to be upgraded and other measures needed to be taken in order to ensure a more conducive and safe working environment.
At the end of Eko Atlantic’s inspection, the company was given the go ahead to submit its project plan so as to obtain the Safety Compliance Certificate, which every company is expected to have.