Building Collapse and Safety Concern in Lagos

By Kayode V. Fowode

Building construction is a high-risk activity that must be effectively controlled by building owners and effectively regulated by the government. The construction industry remains a dangerous business, accounting for one of the major causes of fatalities in Lagos State. Over the years, Lagosians have witnessed consistent building collapse leading to fatalities, litigations, regulatory actions, pains, injuries, delayed schedules, bad reputations and loss of properties, etc. On March 8, 2016, a five-storey building still under construction at Horizon 1, Lekki Gardens, Ikate, Lagos collapsed killing 35 people. This of course, is a reminder of the six-storey building (guest house) collapse belonging to The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) at the Ikotun area of Lagos on September 12, 2014, in which 116 persons lost their lives.

In reaction, the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, dismissed some affected officers indicted of negligence under the Public Service Rule 040401.