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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) and the Federal Housing Authority (FHA), have set up a technical team to look into the report prepared by the FHA on the circumstances surrounding the collapse of a 3-storey building at 6th Avenue Gwarimpa, on Friday, February 3, 2023, which led to 3 fatalities.

This was disclosed in a joint statement by the Director of Press (Office of FCT Minister), Anthony Ogunleye and Public Relations Officer, FHA, Kenneth Chigelu.

According to the statement, the decisions was reached at a meeting between top officials of the FCTA and the FHA where the report was presented to the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello by the Chairman of the FHA, Senator Lawal Shuaibu on Monday, February 6, 2023.

“The FCT Minister and the FHA Chairman both regretted the loss of lives and commiserated with the families of the deceased while directing that a compensation plan be prepared for them.

“The meeting resolved that the investigation by the technical team is also aimed at strengthening the internal working mechanism of both agencies and that all those found culpable in the building collapse will face appropriate punishment commiserated with the crime committed.

FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello (7th left) flanked by Chairman, FHA Senator Lawal Shuaibu (6th left) and Managing Director, Senator Gbenga Ashafa (4th right) and senior officials of the FHA and FCTA following the meeting between the FHA and the FCTA on Monday.

“The FCT Minister announced that in line with FCTA policy, the allocation of the collapsed building be revoked.

“The meeting also commended the various agencies involved in the rescue efforts that saved 21 lives and stressed the need for cases of contraventions to go beyond mere issuance of “stop work” notices.

“Both organisations resolved to work very closely together to prevent any future occurrence.

“Also present at the meeting were the FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola, the Managing Director, FHA Senator Gbenga Ashafa, Chief of Staff to the Minister, Malam Bashir Mai-Bornu, Executive Secretary FCDA, Engr. Shehu Hadi Ahmed, and other top officials of the FCTA and FHA.”


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