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Synagogue faults group’s technical report on collapsed building

Posted: Apr 25, 2015 at 9:51 am   /   by   /   comments (0)
By Judith Eshemitan, Lagos
The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) has faulted a technical report submitted by the Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG) to the Coroner’s Inquest investigating the cause of the collapse of a six-storey guesthouse belonging to the church.?The BCPG had in its technical report submitted to the Coroner’s Court presided over by Chief Magistrate Komolafe Oyetade, attributed the cause of the building collapse to structural failure.?But during Thursday’s proceeding, counsel to SCOAN, Mr. Olalekan Ojo, faulted some areas of the report while cross-examining a witness from BCPG, Engr. Oreoluwa Fadayomi.?According to Ojo, the conclusions of the group in its report were not based on fact or evidence but on mere suspicion, adding that truth cannot be established in such circumstance especially in a law court.?The SCOAN’s counsel also faulted the body’s claim that one structural engineer, Akinfenwa, was contracted by the church. He said that at no time did the church admit to have contracted Akinfenwa as its structural engineer.?Ojo challenged the body to produce the copy of the document which proved that they ever submitted to that effect.?He faulted Fadayomi’s claim to have been COREN-registered since 1982 and have been a structural engineer since that time even when it is apparent that the structures division of COREN had not been implemented as at that time.?Fadayomi, who is the deputy president of the Nigerian Institute of Engineers, while answering questions about the legality of the existence of institute, said he is only aware that the society is properly registered with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).?The witness also admitted that there could be errors in the technical report he submitted to the court but such errors could be typographical and not technical. ?The witness who revealed that he visited the scene of the collapsed building seven months after it had collapsed (March 5, 2015), said: “If I had visited the scene earlier than the time I did, I would have had a better material to carry out a better investigation into the incident.?”As at the time I got to the scene of the failed structure, the members of the collapsed building were already disjointed.”
Earlier, while being led in evidence by lawyer to the Lagos State government, Mr. Akingbolahan Adeniran, the witness said the designer of any building should be responsible for ensuring that the pad footings are not under-sized.?”What we saw on ground was enough to determine the causes of failure,” he said.