By ABUBAKAR YUSUF.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, and Federal Housing Authority FHA has set up a technical team to look into the report prepared by the Authority on the event that led to the collapse of a three story building on its estate at 6th Avenue at Gwarimpa, that left three fatalities on Friday, 3rd February, 2023.
The decision was reached in a joint press release issued and signed by Anthony Ogunleye, Director of Press office of the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Musa Bello and Kenneth Chigelu, Public Relations Officer of FHA after a meeting by top officials presented to the Minister of FCT by the FHA Chairman, Senator Lawan Shuaibu on Monday 6th February, 2023.
They both regretted the unfortunate incidence of loss of lives and commiserated with families of the victims,with a planned compensation.
The meeting also said the technical committee was not only to unravel the immediate and remote course, but to strengthen the internal workings of the two agencies, sanction those found wanting in the building collapse that is commensurate with the offence committed.
The FCT Minister however ordered the immediate revocation of allocated plots inline with the FCT policy.
The release commended the various agencies involved in the rescue of 21 victims, stating the need to go beyond mere “Stop Work” notices in the event of any contraventions.
The two organisations promised to work closely together to avoid any future occurrence.
Present at the meeting were, the FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola, the Managing Director, FHA Senator Gbenga Ashafa, Chief of Staff to the Minister, Malam Bashir Mai-Bornu, Executive Secretary FCDA, Engr. Shehu Hadi Ahmed, and other top functionaries of the two agencies.
“The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA and the Federal Housing Authority, FHA, have set up a technical team to look into the report prepared by the FHA on the circumstances surrounding the collapse of a 3 story building at 6th Avenue Gwarimpa, on Friday, 3rd February, 2023, which led to 3 fatalities.”
” This was one of the decisions reached at a meeting between top officials of the FCTA and the FHA where the report was presented to the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello by the Chairman of the FHA, Senator Lawal Shuaibu on Monday, 6th February, 2023.”
“The FCT Minister and the FHA Chairman both regretted the loss of lives and commiserated with the families of the deceased while directing that a compensation plan be prepared for them.”
” The meeting resolved that the investigation by the technical team is also aimed at strengthening the internal working mechanism of both agencies and that all those found culpable in the building collapse will face appropriate punishment commensurate with the crime committed.”
” The FCT Minister announced that in line with FCTA policy, the allocation of the collapsed building be revoked.”
” The meeting also commended the various agencies involved in the rescue efforts that saved 21 lives and stressed the need for cases of contraventions to go beyond mere issuance of “stop work” notices.”
“Both organisations resolved to work very closely together to prevent any future occurrence.”