Ikoyi building collapse: COREN sets up probe panel

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Grace Cofie

The Council of the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) has set up a nine -member panel to conduct an inquiry into the collapse of the 21-storey building in Ikoyi Lagos.

The President of COREN, Ali Rabiu, announced the constitution of the panel at a press briefing in Lagos.

He said, “Subsequently on behalf of the council, I have constituted a COREN Inquisition Panel on the collapsed 21-storey building at Ikoyi, Lagos State. This is according to Section 1(1) h of the Engineers (Amendment) Act 2018 that empowers COREN to investigate engineering failures.”

The Chairman of the panel, George Okoroma, said, “We need to ask questions and put them together in perspective. COREN is investigating to forestall it from happening again. Not only that, there are buildings around the area, when this building collapsed, there was a movement that would affect the homes in the area.

“That’s why you need a chemical test. There are a lot of engineering tests that needs to be done to ensure that at the end of the day, we are investigating what is around there and forestall future occurrences in the development of building infrastructure in our country.”

Okoroma added in his statement to the press that all information concerning the investigation will be channeled to the appropriate authority.

“First and foremost, we are working for COREN, the investigation we are doing is for the Council of Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria. The report will be made available to COREN, an agency of government who would submit it to the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing and Lagos State government,” he said.

Other members include Bunmi Ajayi, Mrs Buki Ejiwunmi, Victor Oyenuga, Eddy Atumonyega, Dr Rain Sulyman, Dr Will Beresibo, Ibukun Ogunbayo, and Tomide Akinnawo.

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