Written by Austine ELEMUE

Jabi building collapse: Bello suspends officers

Worried by the incessant cases of building collapse in the nation's capital, the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, has inaugurated a panel of inquiry to unravel the immediate and remote causes of the unfortunate building collapse in Jabi district. 

Bello, who was represented at the occasion by the permanent secretary, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, said the administration, as a responsible and responsive administration, was committed to unraveling the causes of the unfortunate incident with a view to stemming future occurrence. 

He disclosed that some officers directly in charge of monitoring the project site have been suspended pending the completion of investigations. 

The minister said that the committee, which has three weeks to complete its assignment, has been charged with the responsibility of assessing the quality of the subsoil, foundations and designs that were available for the structure, establish the quality of supervision and nature of construction materials used as well as the experience of the technical personnel at the site. 

The committee is also expected to assess the level of regulation at the site and recommend appropriate sanction against any person found wanting. 

The panel which is chaired by the director general and chief executive officer of the Nigeria Building and Road Research Institute, Prof. Danladi Matawal, has retired director of engineering services, FCDA, Engr. S. O Ugonabo; the M.D, Fola Consult – a Planning Firm; Tpl S.A. Olajide, M.D, 2-Habit Concept – architectural firm and Arch Philip Z. Iortyer as members. 

Also included in the panel are representatives of Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, COREN, Architects Registration Council of Nigeria, ARCON, Town Planners Registration Council of Nigeria, TOPREC, and Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria, CORBON, as well as the FCTA General Counsel, Barr. Mohammed Umar, among others. 


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