The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) announced that the construction of the Ikoyi three high-rise blocks began before provisional approval was granted by Lagos state government.
The counsel for LASBCA, Mr A.S Odugbemi, made this known while questioning Mr Muritala Olawale, the Managing Director of Prowess Engineering Nigeria Ltd who was a former consultant structural engineer to the project.
He withdrew his services via a letter dated Feb. 20, 2020, over disputes on how the project was structurally executed.
He stated that late Mr Femi Osibona, the Managing Director of Fourscore Heights Ltd., contractor to the project, had informed his team that he had received provisional approval for the project’s construction.
But Olawale’s statement under oath said Osibona showed his team a copy of the provisional approval from the Lagos State government and ordered them to commence construction on the site.
Disputing Olawale’s claims, Odugbemi said LASBCA never granted Osibona a provisional planning permit when the team moved to the site to commence construction in January 2019 stating that LASBCA granted provisional approval in April 2019.