Panel to investigate Lagos Island collapse building inaugurated

The Lagos State Government has set up a five-Man Panel to investigate the immediate and remote causes of the three-storey building which collapsed at Ita-Faaji area of Lagos Island leaving several injured and some dead.
Inaugurating the panel, comprising specialized professionals from the private sector and the built environment, Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Prince Rotimi Ogunleye, disclosed the terms of reference of the panel included to proffer remedial measures to stem further building collapse in the future, adding that the panel was also to determine the level of negligence on the part of the developer or owner and the role of the State Government.
Ogunleye added that the panel was also to make recommendation for future efficient service delivery that would halt collapse of buildings in the state.
The Commissioner said the recommendation of the panel would be acted upon as Government was determined to stem the tide of collapsed building in the state.
He also disclosed that the panel had two weeks to submit its report to the Lagos State Government for prompt action.
Chairman of the panel, and a retired Permanent Secretary in Lagos State, Wasiu Olokunola said the panel would ensure it did a thorough job as the members were capable and possessed wealth of experience in the built industry. Other panel members included: Fitzgerald Umar, Bayo Owojori, Ayo Adediran and Kunle Awobodu.

By Marc Philips