Ambode sacks control agency boss, three over Lekki building collapse

Ambode 23Appoints new task force chairman

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday sacked the General Manager of the state-owned Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Mr. Adeigbe Olushola, following last week’s building collapse that killed 35 people in Lekki area of the state.

Along with Olushola, Ambode also dismissed the Head of Inspection and Quality Control in the agency, Adeoye Thomas Adeyemi and the Zonal District Officer in the agency, Dosunmu Gbadebo. The Zonal Head of Eti-Osa West of the agency, Mrs. Akinde Adenike Sherifat, was compulsorily retired from the civil service.

Meanwhile, the governor has appointed a new chairman for the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Task Force) in the person of Superintendent of Police (SP) Saidi Yinka Egbeyemi.

Egbeyemi, who replaces SP Olubukola Abe, was the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Sango-Ota Police Station until his new appointment as new.

Ambode, in a statement signed by the state Head of Service, Olabowale Ademola, said the affected building control officers were dismissed having been indicted of negligence, which according to him, is an act of misconduct under the Public Service Rule 040401.

Rule 040401 of the Public Service Act of misconduct states inter-alia: “A wilful act of omission or general misconduct to the scandal of the pubic or to the prejudice of discipline and proper administration of the state government” should be visited with dismissal from the public service in line with the Public Service Rule 040503.”

Ademola stated that the disciplinary measure was the outcome of the recommendations of the Personnel Management Board to Governor Ambode, who was personally grieved by the high number of fatalities that occurred as a result of the building collapse.

She also warned public officials, private building owners or contractors who violate or subvert building regulations that it would no longer be business as usual, saying that the dismissal of the officers would serve as a wake-up call to public servants.

Ademola said: “It is also a clarion call to them to be alive to their responsibilities as any act of negligence will face sanctions, while hardworking officers will be rewarded appropriately.”

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