Following the collapse of the 21- storey building on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos State, which has so far led to lost of lives and properties, the Lagos State House of Assembly implored the state government to compensate families of the victims affected by the tragic incident.
In a resolution during a plenary on Monday, the Assembly which expressed worries over the unending collapse of buildings in the state, urged the governor to direct relevant agencies to ensure strict compliance to building standards across the state.
A motion moved by Mr Nurein Akinsanya (Mushin I) noted: ” The House expresses worries over the wide speculations that the building was raised to 21 floors, contrary to the 15 floors approved by the State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) for the owner.
” This house is also worried that over time, the state has recorded a series of building collapses, like the five- storey building that collapsed in Lekki in November 2006 and the three- storey building that collapsed in Ita Faaji, Lagos Island in 2016, among others.
” The house is disturbed about the manner in which the agencies set up to inspect building works, gives certifications at various stages of construction.
” Therefore, we have realised that these frequent cases of building collapse can be attributed to unqualified or unskilled builders, use of sub- standard building materials, illegal conversion or alterations to existing structures and lack of maintenance, to mention a few. ”
The Speaker of the House Mr Mudashiru Obasa added: ” The agencies saddled with the responsibility have not done well. We ought to act as a house to oversight the situation.
” The status of the investors should be checked, and we should commiserate with the families of those who lost their lives.
” Government should also compensate the families. If the agencies had done the needful, we would not have this sad occurrence. ”
Notwithstanding, the Assembly mandated the House Committee on Physical Planning and Urban Development to invite the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development among others for interrogation.
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