Seemingly troubled by the colossal losses recorded in the Ikoyi Building collapse in Lagos State, Ogun State Governor Prince Dapo Abiodun said any contractor or government official indicted for compromising safety standards in the building industry would now be continued.
The governor said so at the Treasury Board meeting on the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) for the year 2022-2024 and budget 2022 held in Abeokuta, Ogun state.
In particular inferring that workers in works and construction agencies are susceptible to receiving bribes, Abiodun promised that his administration would consider sponsoring a bill in the State Assembly House (OGHA ) which will make it a criminal offense for contractors and government officials indicted for any wrongdoing in these agencies.
“I am proposing a law that will send construction workers to jail. I’m going to make sure there is something in our law that will send the head of the building control agency to jail if a building collapses in Ogun State under their watch.
“The concern of those responsible for building control should not only be income, but also ensuring due process and best practice in accordance with state building control regulations.
“If someone has been given permission to build a one-story building and you find out that the person has started to tear down the second story, you give them a stop order and a penalty for exceeding the approval.” initial. It’s not sufficient; the sanction must be punitive. Yes, I want to see the money, but I am more concerned with the welfare, welfare and welfare of our people, “said the governor.