Federal Housing Authority, FHA, has blamed developers of the collapsed business mall at the Jummai Kwanashie Crecent, Gwarinpa Estate in Abuja, stating that they were guilty of contravening some of the extant rules in housing construction.
While interacting with newsmen at the scene of the incident yesterday, the managing director/chief executive officer of the FHA, Prof. Mohammed Al-amin said the developers of the collapsed three-storey building failed to adhere to FHA’s essential rules of building.
According to him, immediately the contravention was noticed, FHA took proactive steps to stop the illegal development by serving on them three “contravention notices,” in March this year, but the warning notices were ignored.
“Three contravention notices were therefore issued to the developer followed by a stop work order. In line with the established protocol, a final demolition notice was also issued on the ill-fated structure,” he added.
As a consequence of their action, Prof. Al-amin said 10 people inhabiting the collapsed building were trapped, eight of them were later rescued and taken to the hospital as all relevant agencies were still at the site to ensure that none of the casualties were left.
Al-amin hinted that the proposed Haastrup Mall and Entertainment Centre that collapsed was allegedly owned by Global Resources Limited, further stating that allocation of the plot to the developers was carried out in 2009 by FHA and subsequently, approval for the development was granted.
On why the management did not immediately carry out the demolition exercise in respect of the illegal building, he explained that “FHA was in consultation with the Development Control Department of the Federal Capital Territory Development Authority, FCDA, for its support in handling the contravention and a follow up meeting was scheduled for this week before the structure came down.”
The FHA boss further explained that the first steps taken to demolish the illegal building were truncated by serious security issues that rose on the day that his team mobilised to the site for the exercise.
It would be recalled that this is the second building collapse in Abuja in about one week, as reports have it that last Wednesday, a building came down in Apo Mechanic Village.

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