The yet to be completed skyscraper owned by Fourscore Heights Limited collapsed on November 1, trapping over 50 persons, including Femi Osibona, the firm’s managing director, his friend, Wale Bob-Oseni, and personal assistant, Oyinye Enekwe.
However, nine persons survived the incident with three of them treated and discharged from the Lagos Island General Hospital. The six others still on admission at the hospital are NurudeenSolagbade, Timileyin Oduntan, Waliu Lateef, Ahmed Kinleku (a Benin Republic national), Sunday Monday and Adeniran Mayowa.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the weekend disclosed that 42 bodies had been recovered from the site, while 15 survived. He also said chances of getting any more survivor is very slim.
Speaking in an interview with Daily Independent, Koshoedo, an architect and a former member of the House of Representatives, said it is unfortunate that incidence of building collapse keeps reoccurring in Lagos state without any concrete action taken by the government to avert it.
n his words “It is so unfortunate that such is reoccurring. It simply as a result of negligence of the government. This is not the first time a building collapsed in Lagos, why hasn’t the government taken necessary steps to such again. The government of Lagos should be proactive and innovative in providing solutions to problems. This they lack”.
On what can be done to avert further occurrence, he said while there is a need for a fresh review of the Building Code, there is also need to check every stage of building production toensure every detail is complied with.
He also said enjoined government to remove bottlenecks that frustrate builders in the state, saying this has led to many builders cutting corners.
“A fresh review of the Building Code is very necessary. Past reviews were focused on how to make more money for government or their cronies rather than solving project development problems. There is need to check every stage of building production to proffer the best way to handle the processing”.
“The government should also remove the bottlenecks that frustrate builders. The unnecessary hindrances make developers to cut corners and must be removed. These and thorough monitoring for compliance will help to prevent further occurrence”.
Source:- Independent Ng
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