The panel of Inquiry on the collapsed of the 21storey building on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi has called on members of the public to submit Memoranda with direct bearing on the incident.
The Chairman of the Panel, Mr Toyin Ayinde made the call in Ikoyi Ikoyi while briefing newsmen on the activities of the panel which was inaugurated on the 3rd of this month by the Lagos State Government.
The 21-floor structure at 44 B,C,D Gerrard road, Ikoyi had collapsed on the 1st of November, trapping an unknown number of persons, including the owner.
Mr Ayinde revealed that the panel began sitting on the 4th of this month and that it started conducting formal interviews on Tuesday the 16th, including with those rescued from the rubbles and staff of relevant government agencies in line with the term of reference given the panel which has thirty days to complete its assignment.
He urged those with relevant information to submit same before or on the 24th of this month.
Mr Ayinde said “The interviews conducted have been recorded for the purpose of record-keeping, and the Tribunal would meet as many as are willing to present credible and factual statements, with evidence(s), relating to the collapse. We however appeal to members of the public, professional bodies and construction industry stakeholders, as well as individuals who have useful information and invite them to submit memoranda which have direct bearing on the particular issue being investigated, as well as their recommendations to prevent future occurrence.
The Tribunal can be reached through the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is where all memoranda, recommendations and submissions can be sent to on or before Wednesday, 24th November, 2021”
Mr Ayinde who said so far, a number of documents had been received, announced the services of consultants, including material testings and surveyors had been engaged and results conducted by them on the rubbles and structures still standing in the premises are being awaited.
The Chairman of the panel stated that subsequently, press releases would be issued whenever the panel has any information to share with the public.
“There may have been concerns or agitations about why the Tribunal has not spoken to the Press. 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” he said