In the wake of the Lekki Gardens building collapse, Lagos State Governor,
Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has approved the dismissal of the General
Manager of the Building Control Agency (LASBCA) Adeigbe Olushola.
The Governor also approved the dismissal of the Head of Inspection and
Quality Control in the Agency, Adeoye Thomas Adeyemi, the Zonal District
Officer in the Agency, Dosunmu Gbadebo, while the Zonal Head of Eti-Osa
West of the Agency, Mrs. Akinde Adenike Sherifat was compulsorily retired
from the Civil Service.
Governor Ambode in a statement signed by the State Head of Service, Mrs.
Olabowale Ademola, said the affected officers were dismissed having been
indicted of negligence, which according to him, is an act of misconduct
under the Public Service Rule 040401.
Rule 040401 of the Public Service act of misconduct states inter alia: “a
willful act of omission or general misconduct to the scandal of the public
or to the prejudice of discipline and proper administration of the State
Government” should be visited with dismissal from the Public Service in
line with the Public Service Rule 040503.
The Head of Service said the disciplinary measure was the outcome of the
recommendations of the Personnel Management Board to Governor Akinwunmi
Ambode, who was personally grieved by the high number of fatalities that
occurred as a result of the building collapse.
She also warned public officials, private building owners or contractors
who violate or subvert building regulations that it would no longer be
business as usual, saying that the dismissal of the officers will serve as
a wake-up call to public servants.
“It is also a clarion call to them to be alive to their responsibilities as
any act of negligence will face sanctions, while hardworking officers will
be rewarded appropriately,” the Head of Service said.
It would be recalled that on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, a building under
construction at Lekki Gardens, Ikusenla Road, Ikate Elegushi, collapsed as
a result of which many people died, and the State Government immediately
mobilised all its rescue team comprising the Lagos State Emergency
Management Agency (LASEMA), Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS), Rapid
Response Squad (RRS), Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI), among others, which
led to the successful rescue of over 15 persons alive.