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Sanwo-Olu Suspends LASBCA GM Over Ikoyi Building Collapse

By: Damilare Taiwo

Mr Gbolahan Oki, who currently is the General Manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) has been suspended indefinitely.

He was suspended by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu over the collapse of the 21-storey building in Ikoyi which happened on November 1, 2021, which killed over 50 persons including the owner, Mr Femi Osibona including his friend and associate Mr Adewale Bob-Oseni.

Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu depicted the suspension as a “first step” towards finding out “what went wrong” to cause the building collapse. This was said in a statement signed by Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotoso.

According to the statement, the State Government is also setting up an independent panel to probe the collapse.

Furthermore, “Members of the panel will be drawn from the Nigeria Institute of Architects (NIA), Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP), Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) and other professional bodies,” the statement said.

“It will independently investigate the remote and immediate causes of the incident and make recommendations on how to prevent future occurrence. The investigation is not part of the internal probe already being conducted by the government.”

Obafemi Hamzat Visits the Site

His Excellency, Mr Obafemi Hamzat paid a visit to the site on Tuesday, November 2, 2021. This according to the statement was to “encourage rescuers and comfort relations of those trapped in the rubble”.

“Dr Hamzat left the site for the Lagos Island General Hospital to see the survivors."

“The government will embark on further foundation and borehole acidic level tests to ascertain the impact on the collapsed building. These tests, particularly the borehole acidic level, is important for the entire Gerrard Road and adjoining areas."

“We wish to state that there will be no cover-up in the search for the truth in this incident. If anybody is found to have been indicted, he or she will face the law."

“It is important to restate that all developers and property owners are required to adhere strictly to all Building Codes and Planning Regulations to ensure the safety of lives and property. Those who ignore such regulations, breaking seals and defying enforcement, will surely be prosecuted.”

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