Firm warned contractor about poor execution of collapsed Ikoyi skyscraper

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Reports on Monday emerged that the structural engineering consultancy firm for the collapsed 21 storey building in the upscale Ikoyi area of Lagos had withdrawn its services from the project due to poor execution by the main contractor.

The firm, Prowess Engineering Limited, in a letter dated February 20, 2020, and signed by its managing director, Muritala Olawale declared that its company could no longer vouch for the integrity of the building.

The letter was addressed to Femi Osibona, the managing director of Fourscore Heights Limited which is the main contractor of the project,

The letter read in part, “This letter is to formally inform you of the withdrawal 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,” the letter stated.

“We can guarantee the integrity of the first two buildings and also works 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 for each stage of the building to date,

“Also, kindly 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.”

Efforts are still ongoing to rescue survivors at the site of the collapsed building.

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