The Tribunal of Inquiry inaugurated by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led Lagos State Government to analyze the collapse of 21 storey constructing at 44 B, C, D Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, has spoken on its progress on Monday.
The panel disclosed that outcomes of the exams performed on the development supplies have been nonetheless being awaited.
It urged the general public, skilled our bodies and building trade stakeholders, in addition to people, to submit memoranda which have direct bearing on the unlucky incident, which occurred on November 1.
The tribunal, chaired by the President of Nigeria Institute of Town Planners (NITP), Mr. Toyin Ayinde, stated that the memoranda must be submitted at ‘[email protected]’, noting that every one memoranda, suggestions and submissions must be obtained on or earlier than Wednesday, November 24.
Speaking throughout a press convention held on Monday on the tribunal secretariat in Lagos State Waterways Agency, LASWA Terminal Building (LASWA), Ikoyi, on the replace and actions of the panel since its inauguration, Ayinde stated the tribunal has not made its actions recognized to the general public primarily based on skilled ethics.
He stated the panel members have been “compelled to speak only when investigations have been made, reports and documents submitted, queried, analysed and discussions held with relevant stakeholders.”
He stated the six-member tribunal started sitting instantly after its inauguration on Thursday, November 4 and inside two weeks of operation, it had obtained paperwork from some authorities MDAs, which panel members had began learning.
It can be recalled that on November 1, a 21-storey constructing in Gerrard Road, Ikoyi collapsed, killing over 40 individuals, together with the developer, Femi Osibona, whereas some folks have been rescued.
Subsequently, on Thursday, November 4, Governor Sanwo-Olu arrange a six-man panel to probe the collapsed constructing with a view to stopping a future prevalence. The tribunal was given 30 days to wrap up its activity.
The panel members are; Ayinde, a lawyer in a non-public regulation agency, Ekundayo Onajobi (Secretary); a structural engineer, Dr. Akintilo Idris Adeleke; an architect, Yinka Ogundairo; consultant of Institute of Builders, Mr. Godfrey O. Godfrey, and an actual property lawyer, Mrs. Bunmi Ibrahim.
Ayinde additionally revealed that the tribunal had visited the location of the collapsed constructing for a common evaluation of the rescue operations, and to find out areas the place skilled consultants’ providers can be required, including that members of the tribunal additionally visited the General Hospital, Broad Street, to interview among the survivors, who might provide eyewitness accounts.
He additionally disclosed that the tribunal had listed greater than 30 stakeholders related to the development trade and the collapsed constructing, whose views, place papers and proposals can be obtained and regarded by his tribunal, including that these the tribunal thought-about mandatory to talk with can be invited.
The tribunal members, who noticed a second’s silence in the course of the press convention in honour of those that died in the course of the collapsed constructing, stated the tribunal had engaged the providers of guide constructing supplies testing laboratory for the aim of investigating and conducting mandatory exams on supplies used for the development of the collapsed constructing.
He stated the tribunal has additionally engaged the providers of a guide Land Surveyor to conduct verticality exams on the remaining constructions throughout the premises of the collapsed constructing, including that it has written to related Government MDA’s to request for all recordsdata and documentation referring to the collapsed constructing, in addition to writing all consultants and builders/contractors related to the mission on 44 B, C, D Gerrard Road, Ikoyi.
“There may have been concerns or agitations about why the tribunal has not spoken to the press. We will like to state that members of the Tribunal are professionals, and our calling demands that we make statements from informed and verified positions.
“We are compelled to speak only when investigations have been made, reports and documents submitted, queried, analysed and discussions held with relevant stakeholders.
“The Tribunal would like to state that some documents have been received from some government MDA’s and members have started studying them. We have also interviewed some of the LASG staff in the relevant MDA’s.
“We however appeal to members of the public, professional bodies and construction industry stakeholders, as well as individuals who have useful information and invite them to submit memoranda that have a direct bearing on the particular issue being investigated, as well as their recommendations to prevent future occurrence,” the tribunal chairman stated.