Written by Austine ELEMUE

Jabi building collapse: Panel recommends overhaul of Dev’t Control

The investigative panel set up by the FCT Administration to unravel the remote causes of Jabi building collapse, has recommended a total overhaul of the Department of Development Control, with a view to strengthening its institutional framework to cope with the ever increasing development in the territory. 

This recommendation was made known when the panel of inquiry submitted its report to FCT Minister, Muhammad Musa, in Abuja. 

Recall that the Federal Capital Territory had set up a panel of inquiry following the August 17 2018, Jabi building collapse in Abuja. 

Bello, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, FCT Administration, Chinyeaka Ohaa, noted that decentralizing the department would also place it in a vantage position to keep to pace with the changing profile of the territory and improves service delivery. 

He added that the government is on the verge of breathing a new life into the department, so that it can function more efficiently aimed at giving developers value for money. 

"Building collapse, we would all agree, is a universal phenomenon that is also witnessed even in advanced countries. Regardless, the FCT Administration is concerned that with the caliber, number and mix of professionals in the building industry in Abuja and indeed Nigeria, the incidence of building collapsed can be curtailed to the barest minimum in the country and the FCT in particular. 

"I therefore assure that the recommendations contained in the panel's report will be implemented in order to address the lingering issues of building collapsed in the FCT and Nigeria in general," Bello stressed. 

Earlier, chairman of the panel, Prof. Danladi Matawal, while presenting the report recommended massive injection of staff in the FCTA Department of Development Control by recruiting engineers, architects and also the use of qualified FCDA pool of field officers to forestall incidences of building collapse. 

Matawal, who is a Professor of Civil Engineering and Director General of the Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute, NBRRI, disclosed that there should be an investigation of a design and development racketeering group in FCT Administration and this should be used to detect quackery and forging of signatures.  

"This should be eliminated and we are recommending a biometric report of designers so that nobody is going to deny anything that he didn't do well. Building inspection site meetings chaired by site officers should be instituted and well qualified Engineers or Architects should be used as site officers. 

"Monthly regular site meetings by developer teams should be instituted and this should always be witnessed by Department of Development Control. Quality Control test should be presented constantly at such meetings and should be discussed and this should be directed by the site officer. 

 

"All revalidation process for abandoned sites should be done and a management approach should be used and this should be incorporated for implementation process", he said 

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