Synagogue Building Collapse: Engineers Faults Foundation

The Council of Registered Engineers of Nigeria, COREN, has said that the guest house of the Synagogue, Church of All Nations that collapsed on 12 September, 2014, had an undersized foundation.
It would be recalled that about 116 persons, especially South Africans died in the ill-fated building collapse.
The position of COREN was contained in a report it submitted to the coroners inquest probing the collapse of the building in Ikotun area of Lagos State.
Testifying at the inquest, Victor Oyenuga, a witness from the Council for the Regulation of Engineers of Nigeria, said investigations were carried out to unravel the cause of the collapse.
Oyenuga said the outcomes of the investigations were detailed in a 30-page technical report jointly prepared by COREN and the Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute.
He said: “From our investigations, we discovered that the foundation of the building was undersized. “The columns were not strong enough to carry the weight of the building and the designs were not proper for such a structure.
“To my own knowledge, whoever designed that building is not a structural engineer. If a structural engineer handled this project, the way the reinforcement was designed would have been different.”
Oyenuga, therefore, appealed to the court to make a recommendation that buildings should be designed by structural engineers in order to forestall such occurrence in the future. The matter was adjourned till 13 March for further hearing.

-Source: nan.

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