The panel of inquiry that investigated the collapse of a four-storey building in Jabi, Abuja on August 17, 2018, has recommended sanctions for indicted officials of the Department of Development Control, Federal Capital Territory Administration.
It said there was a deficiency in the professional capability of the people charged with the responsibility of supervising buildings in the FCT “from start to finish.”
Submitting the three-volume report to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Muhammad Bello, in Abuja on Wednesday, the Chairman of the panel, Prof. Danladi Matawal, attributed the collapse of the building to “poor structural and architectural pre-examination before the commencement of building in 2005.”
Matawal, who is the Director General/Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Building and Road Research Institute, added that work on the building was abandoned but recommenced in January 2018 without proper revalidation of the structure.
The panel also blamed the developer for unprofessional practices, especially the recommencement of work without adequate and comprehensive documents in place.
As a way of checking quackery in the building process, it recommended, among other things, the use of qualified FCTA pool of officials and engineers on building sites.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Minister, Cosmas Uzodimma, said in a statement that the report was presented to the FCT Permanent Secretary, Chinyeaka Ohaa, who stood in for the minister.
Bello said the FCT Administration would overhaul its Department of Development Control to strengthen its institutional framework in order to address the incidences of building collapse in the territory.