Collapsed Ikoyi building builders not certified – Engineer


A structural engineer, Muritala Olawale, has told a Coroner Inquest into the 21-storey Gerard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos building collapse that the builders were not certified.

Olawale made the disclosure in Ikeja yesterday while testifying on the circumstances that led to the November 1 building collapse in which 46 people died, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

While being questioned by Mr A.S. Odugbemi, counsel for the Lagos State Building Control Agency, Olawale said that the builders on the construction site were not certified by the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON).

He also revealed that he was not registered with Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).

“I am not COREN-certified. I do not have BSc Engineering but a Higher National Diploma from the Polytechnic Ibadan,” he said.

Olawale said that when his team worked with Fourscore Heights Ltd, they were responsible for the first floor of Block B which collapsed.

He told the inquest that he withdrew his structural consultancy services via a letter dated February 20, 2020.


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