Collapsed buildings: 4 FCTA staff face sanctions

Senior staff of development agencies in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) will be prosecuted for their various roles in previous building collapses in the capital city.

The FCT minister, Bala Mohammed, said on Monday that he has taken the decision to sanction the four members of staff, three of which are from the FCT Development Control Department, and one from the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA).

The minister further said that the sanctions will also extend to developers of the collapsed buildings.

Specifically, engineers and architects of a construction company that coordinated the building that collapsed on Plot 1007 Garki II District are to be handed over to the Nigeria Police for unprofessional acts and quackery.

The minister disclosed that a report has revealed that one person, who had no qualifications, portrayed himself as an architect adding that such persons would be handed over to professional bodies to be dealt with in accordance with the law.

The minister remarked that on the partial building collapse on Plot 528, Durumi District, the developer will pay appropriate penalty before demolishing the entire structure and obtaining a new building plan approval from Development Control.

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Mr. Mohammed said the FCT Administration, which has officially withdrawn titles to all the collapsed buildings, also blacklisted the companies that handled such structures.

The minister also spoke of improvements which are to be carried out in the agencies.

The FCT Development Control Department will be relocated to a more conducive environment with an effort to improve on its business drive and customer service.

Furthermore, due to technical and administrative considerations, all building plans approval or disapproval must be completed within ninety (90) days.

Mr. Mohammed said all abandoned buildings would be subjected to integrity test by the Department of Development Control to ascertain its fitness status before further construction work is allowed.

He added that timeliness would be set for the completion of all abandoned buildings in the capital city by the FCT Administration.

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