Ikoyi Building: ”The Building Was Designed For 6 Floors And Not 21”- Osifala

The Nigerian Institute of Structural Engineers has revealed the likely cause of the Ikoyi building that collapsed.

The institute added that there was a surge in the request for structural integrity appraisal by property owners and occupiers following the collapse.

Dr Kehinde Osifala, The President, FNIStructE stated that;

“There are clear indications of several design brief changes on the project and the engineering and management of these changes appear to have been seriously inadequate.

“The building that collapsed was initially designed for six floors, later twelve floors and further 15 floors. It could not yet be established the adequacy of any properly designed and documented further revision to the eventual 21 floors that was implemented and which collapsed.

“There are also indications that more than two structural engineering design firms worked on the project at different times.

“The preliminary investigation also revealed some evidence of structural inadequacy in the construction and that signs of some structural distress had already started to show within certain elements of the building.” “You can’t test a column or a beam and say you have carried out an integrity test; that is arrant nonsense. You need integrity appraisal of the building. It can only be done by a professional. You need to get the right professionals to do the right thing and build the right ways. Do not assume it is a small project.

“Insurance companies are expected to insist that professionals are on the job. The government would not accept you to have a building without insurance.

“We need to educate government agencies, approving authorities and engineers and those in the built industry about the need for professionals so that you can identify what is wrong with your site.

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“It is when the workers are knowledgeable enough to see the signs we are talking about, that they can alert us to what is wrong.”


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