Ikoyi Building Collapse: Tribunal Urges Information From Stakeholders, Public

The Tribunal of In­quiry inaugurated by the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to look into the collapse of the 21-sto­rey building at 44 BCD, Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, has appealed to members of the public, professional bodies and construction industry stakeholders, as well as individuals who have useful information to submit memoranda, which have direct bearing on the particular issue being in­vestigated, as well as their recommendations to pre­vent future occurrence. The six-man tribunal, chaired by Toyin Ayinde, made the appeal at the first press conference held on Monday at the secretariat of the tribunal, LASWA Ter­minal Building, Five Cowrie Creek, Ikoyi.

The panel urged members of the public to send all mem­oranda, recommendations and submissions to lagos­gerrardtribunal@gmail.com on or before Wednesday, No­vember 24, 2021. Recall that a 21-floor struc­ture at 44 B,C,D Gerrard Road in Ikoyi area of Lagos State, on Monday, November 1, col­lapsed, resulting to the loss of lives .

Ayinde said the purpose of the “press conference is to apprise the media and the general public of what the tribunal has done so far and what its activities are likely to be in the remaining days ahead.” The tribunal, which com­prises six professionals in the private sector, and who are certified members of their professions, began sitting im­mediately after its inaugura­tion on Thursday, November 4, 2021.

Saying that there might have been concerns or agita­tions about why the tribunal has not spoken to the media, Ayinde noted: “We will like to state that members of the tribunal are professionals, and our calling demands that we make statements from informed and verified positions. “We are compelled to speak only when investigations have been made, reports and documents submitted, queried, analysed and dis­cussions held with relevant stakeholders.” The tribunal’s mode of communication, the chair­man said, “would be to brief the media through press re­leases as and when required, so that the public may be aware of the conduct of the proceedings.

“As we proceed, we expect your cooperation and we hope that we will, together with all stakeholders, be able to solve this problem on a per­manent basis.” He listed activities of the tribunal to include “Setting up the secretariat and arrang­ing logistics for the successful conduct of activities.”

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