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UNILAG Workers Seek Probe Of TETFUND N1.9bn Collapsed Building

UNILAG Collapsed Building. Photo: Punch Newspaper
UNILAG Collapsed Building. Photo: Punch Newspaper

Some members of staff of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) have urgently called for an investigation into the seven-storey collapsed central library building.

The seven-storey building, which is still under construction, collapsed last week Thursday with no life lost to the incident.

However, some workers of the institution said the collapse might have been caused by the usage of substandard materials, a situation they alleged was made possible because of the cunning way the contract was awarded as well as the competence of the contractors.
Report reveals that part of the building collapsed while workers were still working on the site.

Report also reveals that the project was a fixed contract by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund with counterpart funding from the University of Lagos (UNILAG).

The project consultants are ATO Architects, Landmark Structure Engineers, Tuber Consult Quantity Surveyors, IFC Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, CMPMS Project Manager and Dutum Company Limited.

The UNILAG workers called for a probe of the roles of the project consultants. They expressed sadness over the collapse.

“Everybody in the community is annoyed that huge funds are set aside to put up a nice structure but it is not up to the second floor and it’s already collapsing.

“How can you be setting this kind of structure and employ the services of local contractors? This is where I became suspicious that the contractor could be making use of casual workers. The casual workers make use of head pans to convey concrete mix and this means that they can’t get the correct measure of the materials they are using. What we expected was that there would be deployment of modern construction equipment for this massive project,” one of the UNILAG workers stated.

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