Prowess Engineering Limited, the company that started the construction of the Ikoyi collapsed building, had allegedly warned the owner of the facility of dangers ahead before yesterday’s unfortunate incident.
This was confirmed by a letter issued by the firm in February 2020, when it withdrew its services, according to Punch.
According to the media organization, the company allegedly withdrew its services on grounds that it no longer shared the same vision with its client believed to be Fourscore Heights Limited as addressed in the letter, which was titled, ‘Re: Proposed Gerrard Terraces For Fourscore Limited,’ and signed by the company’s managing director, Muritala Olawale.
What Prowess said about the project
It stated, “We couldn’t guarantee the integrity of the third (collapsed building) from anything above the fourth floor.
“This letter is to formally inform you of the withdraw of our structural consultancy service from the above named project. We arrived at this decision due to the fact that we no longer share the same vision with you as our client in terms of how the project is being executed.
“We can guarantee the integrity of the first two buildings and also work done up to the fourth floor of the third building supervised by us provided specifications have been met in terms of the required concrete strength.
“This we do not have control over as we do not have the concrete cube test results of each stage of the building till date. Also, note that we are not taking responsibility for any other construction errors that may have occurred overtime on the project.
“Furthermore, we request that our company’s name and logo be removed from the project board and also kindly notify all necessary approving authorities of our withdrawal from the project.
“We regret this decision and the lost opportunity to do business together. We look forward to future cooperation in other projects.”
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Nairametrics had reported that a 21-storey building, still under construction had collapsed in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State.
The unfortunate incident happened on Monday, November 1 on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi.
Three survivors have been rescued while four dead bodies have been recovered from the rubble of the collapsed building as at Monday evening.