The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has pledged to prosecute the contractor responsible for the collapsed four-storey building that resulted in injuries to nine laborers on Monday evening. The permanent secretary of FCTA, Adesola Olusade, expressed this commitment during his visit to the site of the incident on Tuesday, emphasizing that any staff of the administration found to have compromised their responsibilities would not be exempt from consequences.
Olusade expressed disappointment with the project handlers for resuming construction during the recent Sallah holidays, despite having been advised to halt work by the project consultant and the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA). He stated that the collapse of the building was a direct consequence of disregarding professional advice from both the consultant and the administration. Fortunately, no lives were lost in the incident.
Mukhtar Galadima, the director of Development Control, called for the establishment of a high-powered panel to investigate the cause of the disaster and ensure appropriate disciplinary actions are taken against those found responsible. According to preliminary investigations, it was revealed that the officers on-site had made observations when the contractor began development, requesting a resubmission of the basement design to accurately reflect the topography due to its sloping and swampy nature.
Galadima explained that the contractor had been instructed to stop work until the necessary modifications were incorporated into the design. Unfortunately, during the Sallah break, the contractor resumed work and attempted to cast concrete on the existing structure, leading to the unfortunate collapse of the building.