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UNILAG Library Collapse: Panel Recommends Contract Termination, Punishment For University Officials

The panel set up by the Governing Council of the University of Lagos(UNILAG), Akoka, to probe what led to the partial collapse of the institution’s seven-story library under construction, has submitted its report.

According to Premium Times, The 40-page report has recommended termination of the contract with the contractor – Dutum Company Limited (DCL).

It also recommended that seven key actors in the transactions who were, or still are, officials of the institution should face a disciplinary panel.

The five-member panel, which was headed by Peter Fogam, a professor of Law, also had as secretary, Mathias Udonwa, a senior assistant registrar in the office of the university’s registrar.

Other members include Boniface Oye-Adeniran of the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology; Ige Bolodeoku, a professor of Law, and the President of the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria, Dipo Ajayi.

The panel was later joined by the Vice-President of the Quantity Surveyors Registration Council of Nigeria (QSRCN), Austin Onaro, who represented the council.

According to the report, those to face disciplinary panel include the former registrar, Taiwo Ipaye; former deputy vice-chancellor in charge of management services, Duro Oni; former directors of works, Adeleke Adeniran and Niyi Ayeye; former head of procurement unit and the former bursar of the university, James Akanmu and Lateef Odekunle, respectively.

The panel also recommended that action should be taken against the former vice-chancellor, Rahamon Bello, but in accordance with the university Act or that the university should “liaise with the relevant authority in view of Professor Bello’s responsibility under section 20 of the Procurement Act 2007 and in view of his failure to appear before the panel despite two invitations to that effect.”

Mr Bello, as the chairman of the procurement planning committee (PPC) and the tenders’ board, was according to the board, empowered to oversee the whole process of contract award and ensure that the best result was achieved.

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