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NBRRI sets up seven-man investigation committee on Ikoyi collapsed building

By Ebele Onyekomelu
22 November 2021   |   4:01 am
The Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI) has set up a seven-man committee to investigate the cause of 21-storey Ikoyi collapsed building, which occurred on November 1, 2021 in Lagos.

The Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI) has set up a seven-man committee to investigate the cause of 21-storey Ikoyi collapsed building, which occurred on November 1, 2021 in Lagos.

A professor of building at the University of Lagos, Olumide Adenuga, chairs the committee. Other members are Dr. Olanade K.A, Moses Ogunleye, Biola Akinola, Simon Ameh, Sulymon N.A and Taofeek Bello.

NBRRI, in a statement, said the committee is neither a probe nor an investigation of persons or organisations but rather to provide a case history based report that is enshrined in scientific and engineering principles, which is expected to provide new knowledge and information to avert future failures.

The institute expressed concerns over the number of persons confirmed dead at the site, adding that it is of ridiculous magnitude compared to any previous single case in the country.

The terms of reference for the committee include visit to the site and comprehensively make ” on site” and “in-site” assessments of the collapsed structure, make any “in-site” tests and collect specimens for laboratory tests of materials from the site, access the quality of sub-soil investigations, foundation and designs that were available for the structure.

Others are to establish the quantity of supervision, prudent use of construction materials, experience of technical personnel at the site, assess the level of regulation on the site and other sites as well as draft a report based on tests conducted, analyses, deductions, recommendations and conclusion in the study.

The institute further reaffirmed its intervention to critical sectors of the Nigerian economy over the years, especially on engineering challenges in buildings, roads and construction materials.