The coroner investigating the causes of death in the collapse of the Synagogue, Church of All Nations(SCOAN) building has passed its verdict today Wednesday July 8, 2013.
According to the recommendations read out by Chief Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe, the Lagos State Government should review the issuance of building permit to builders.
This is due to the fact the collapsed building had been under construction for years without the government taking proactive measures to monitor its progress until the day of the collapse.
Komolafe indicted The SCOAN for not obtaining the necessary building permit before constructing the building.
The Chief Magistrate also recommended the reduction of the cost of building approval by government and the need to minimize bureaucratic bottlenecks associated with the process in order to ensure affordability and reduce sharp practices.
It would be recalled that many builders in Lagos have said they usually boycott the approval process due to its exorbitant cost and the difficulty involved in the entire process.
Speaking further, the magistrate also recommended that the government should adequately equip responders whenever there was an emergency situation to enable them to carry out their duties efficiently.
The recommendation comes in lieu of the uncoordinated and inefficient manner in which some of the statutory responders from the state performed their duties during rescue operations at the site of the collapsed building.
It was even reported then that some of the rescue equipment brought to the site of the collapse by some statutory responders from the state broke down during rescue operations and the church itself made arrangements for equipment to be brought in.
Thanking the media for their forthrightness, the coroner also recommended that the government should take over the site of any collapsed building in future.
Nosa Osazuwa, a writer from Lagos, Nigeria, was present during the reading of the verdict