….Why we can’t submit report now-Panel
By Monsuru Olowoopejo
Exactly two weeks after Lagos State Government inaugurated a five-man panel of inquiry to investigate the collapsed three-storey building on 63 Massey Street in Ita-Faaji, the panel has failed to submit their report.
According to the state government during inauguration, the panel chaired by by Engr. Wasiu Olokunola, mandate was to submit their report two weeks after their swearing in, to ascertain reasons the building caved in, claiming 20 lives including children.
A source in the ministry told our correspondent yesterday that they were still expecting the five-man panel to submit their report as earlier stated in their terms.
He noted that the report was expected because the recommendation would assist the government to issue possibly a white-paper that would assist in stemming the tide of collapse building in the Lagos.
Panel member react
Explaining reasons the panel was unable to submit its report, a member of the committee, who spoke under condition of anonymity, explained that they have started compiling their findings on the collapsed building.
He noted that the report cannot be done in a hurry because there was need to examine outcome of all test conducted on materials collected from the site.
The member stressed that the panel aim was to conduct a thorough investigation and make best recommendations to the government.
It would be recalled that the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Rotimi Ogunleye, explained that the panel to proffer remedial measures to stem future building collapse and determine level of negligence on the part of the developer or owner and the role of the state government.
He stated that the choice of members of the panel chaired by Engr. Wasiu Olokunola, describing them as professionals in their respective fields, saying, they will investigate the cause of the collapsed structure and make appropriate recommendations to the government.
Ogunleye assured that the recommendation of the panel would be acted upon as government was determined to stem the tide of collapsed building in the state.
The commissioner disclosed that the panel had two weeks to submit its report to the government for prompt action.
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