The Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON) has visited the site of a partially collapsed ongoing building project at the University of Lagos (UNILAG).
According to ARCON, the aim of the visit was to get first-hand and authentic information on the incident. The building in question is a seven-storey project, being proposed as the institution’s new library.
According to reports, while the construction was ongoing, part of the building collapsed on Friday afternoon but there were no casualties.
As part of the necessary thing to do, ARCON, led by its President, Mr. Dipo Ajayi, visited the site on the same day of the incident, but couldn’t gain access as it had been sealed off.
Mr. Ajayi and other members of the council met with the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, who briefed them on the incident.
The Vice Chancellor said that the site was sealed off immediately after the building collapsed.
Prof. Ogundipe explained that following the incident, the Chairman of Council, UNILAG, Dr. Wale Babalakin, had been notified and he had commenced investigations as well as other actions on the project.
According to the VC, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) under TETFUND awarded the project as a fixed contract with counterpart funding from the university.
At the meeting, the VC said that the collapse took place during casting at midday, and requested for another visit to the site, as the school’s management was not prepared for the ARCON’s team visit.
A panel has been setup by the university to carry out an investigation on the incident, while ARCON council member, Mr. Dipe, was requested to be part of the panel.
The ARCON team is expected the visit the university again, when it would have access to the site.
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