‘Ikoyi building collapse due to negligence by agencies’

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The 21-storey building on Gerard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos State, collapsed due to negligence by agencies responsible for approval and supervision of the building project, a coroner’s inquest has revealed.

The Coroner, Chief Magistrate O.A. Komolafe, made the pronuncement on Tuesday.

Komolafe gave the verdict on an inquest  into the building collapse which occured on November 1, 2021, killing many people.

The inquest was to  unravel the circumstances that led to the collapse of the building at No. 44, Gerard Road, Ikoyi.

Komolafe held that the building’s density and setback on the site showed gross violation of Lagos State Building Regulations.

He held that the project board, which should have boldly shown the sensitive and important  information, including the names and addresses of the professionals who carried out the project, was deliberately not provided.

According to him, this act shows that the approving and supervising agencies did not sanction the offender, suggesting that they were compromised.

He said that the structure failure was due to design errors.

Komolafe also said that there was lack of quality assurance/control and poor  management of the project.

He, therefore, adopted the recommendation contained in the Council for the Regulations of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) Report on the matter.

He urged the  authorities concerned with implementation of the recommendations to act accordingly.

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