The National Institution of Civil Engineers (NICE) has expressed disappointment and shock over the collapse of a 21-storey building under construction along Gerrard road, Ikoyi, Lagos.
NICE reacted to the incident, which occurred on Monday November 1, 2021 and which has since claimed about 22 lives in a press statement jointly signed by its National Chairman, Eng. Jang Tanko and Lagos Chairman, Engr. Olawale Bolarinwa.
The statement was entitled; “Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (NICE) On The Recent Collapse Of 21-Storey Building Under Construction Along Gerrad Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.”
The professional body said further in the statement, which was obtained by our correspondent on Wednesday, that the incident was unfortunate and avoidable, adding that a structure of such magnitude was expected to be handled by competent contractors and professionals, especially civil/structural engineers to ensure the structural adequacy, integrity and stability of the building not only during construction, but also, while operational and throughout its life span.
“We therefore sympathize with families and relatives of those involved in the tragic incident and urge the Lagos Government not to leave any stone unturned in unraveling the intermediate and remote causes of this colossal failure.
“The rescue effort by Lagos State Emergency Agency, and all other relevant agencies should be intensified to save as many lives of those trapped in the rubbles as possible.
“NICE welcomes the Governor’s statement on setting up of a panel of inquiry and wishes to state categorically that such panel should be headed by a civil/structural engineer as failure is primarily due to structural deficiency, while all other relevant professionals in the built environment should be members of the panel.
“This is to unravel the direct cause of the structural failure, while addressing all other issues from planning, approval, regulatory to legal status of the parties involved in the unfortunate incidence,” the statement read.
NICE then urged its members, who have relevant information that will assist in investigating this fatal incident to make them available.
The statement reads further; “preliminary investigation has shown compromises at several levels culminating in the tragic and fatal collapse of this massive structure.
“The body frowns at frequent collapse of buildings in Nigeria and has again brought to the fore, the failure of regulatory authorities in enforcing building control laws especially involvement of quacks and incompetent hands in the building industry thereby endangering precious lives and monumental resources.
“Nonetheless, we urge the Lagos State Government to ensure that all those found culpable in this dastardly act
must be prosecuted and adequately punished to serve as a deterrent to future abuses.
“We will collaborate with ERM of COREN for thorough technical investigation into this unfortunate
“We are ready to cooperate and offer our professional services to the Lagos State Government in this onerous task.”