On the morning of Tuesday, November 3, 2021 the environment on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos was charged and contemplative. Anybody drawing closer was first defied with a vehicle of the Federal Road Safety Corps left sideways in the center of one path of the double carriageway.
Ahead, scores of safety specialists and intelligent coat wearing crisis laborers hummed about. Some distance separated was a line of restless looking people either plunking down or pacing the walkway. In excess of twelve TV cameras were put down and many writers and amplifier grasping columnists processed around. Most looks were fixed on two earthmovers working their courses through a tremendous heap of rubble. It was difficult to miss the strain all around in the midst of disturbed or quieted conversations happening in different small scale gatherings.
This was a surprising scene in Ikoyi, an elegant Lagos area, presumed for its tranquility. Be that as it may, it was the third day of tense crisis tasks later a 21-story skyscraper under development at 44 Gerrard Road smashed down on November 1. The fallen structure was one, and the tallest, of a bunch of three amazing tall structures, named 360 Degrees Towers, being developed by Fourscore Heights Limited.
Misfortune struck right in center of the bustling hours of the day, in this manner, a significant number of the laborers on location were caught.
On the principal day of the misfortune, nine people were saved alive however constantly day, the salvage activity had, in down to earth terms, gone to a quest for dead bodies.
In any case, on that third day when this columnist visited, families, who were certain their friends and family worked at the site and had not seen or heard from them since two days, came around, asking and expecting a wonder.
However, occasionally, trust gave method for miserable, and repressed tension led to clearly moans of terribleness. By seven days some other time when the inquiry activity reached a conclusion, loss of life was put at 46 and among the dead was the proprietor of the structure, Femi Osibona, his own partner, Oyinye Enekwe, and his United States-bound companion, Wale Bob-Oseni.
The fall of the 21-story skyscraper and the orderly high mortality figure stamped one of the most lamentable minutes for Nigeria in 2021. Be that as it may, as amazing as this awful structure breakdown was, it’s anything but a secluded case in Nigeria. Rather, it is illustrative of the country’s present reality – particularly in Lagos – Nigeria’s monetary capital – where instances of building breakdown have become worryingly continuous over the most recent couple of years.
This troubling circumstance continues regardless of the relative multitude of administrative measures set up to tame it. This, industry specialists and different reality observing councils have connected to helpless authorization of guidelines and sharp practices in the business.
As per them, defilement in the Nigerian structure development industry shows in type of utilization of unacceptable structure materials, inclination for quacks, powerless requirement by the administrative bodies and claimed pay off of state authorities who compromise in the authorization of industry rules, especially where persuasive designers are involved.
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