Nigeria: Building Collapse – Investigate Reinstatement of Building Control Boss, Others – HEDA Tells Sanwo-Olu

Following their dismissal after the building collapse incident that claimed 34 lives, the officials have been reinstated, the group said.

The Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) has urged Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to investigate the reinstatement of some dismissed staffers of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA).

The group in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES on Sunday, voiced its concerns, describing the development as unjust.

According to the group, the staffers were previously dismissed following the incident of a collapsed six-storey building within the Lekki Gardens Estate at Ikate Elegushi, Lekki in March 2016.

Tragedy struck on 10 March 2016 when a six-storey building under construction by Lekki Gardens in the Lekki area of the state collapsed which reportedly claimed 34 lives.

The developer was said to have added a floor to the building against what was approved by the government for construction.

Following the incident, the then governor of the state, Akinwunmi Ambode, dismissed Adeigbe Olushola, the general manager of LSBCA.

Mr Ambode also fired Adeoye Adeyemi, the head of inspection and quality control in the agency; and Dosunmu Gbadebo, the zonal district officer in the agency. Sherifat Akinde, the zonal head of Eti-Osa West of LASBCA, was compulsorily retired from the civil service.

The affected officers were dismissed having been indicted of negligence, which according to the governor, is an act of misconduct under the Public Service Rule 040401.