Mr Chinwe Enzenwa-Mba, Chairperson of the Royal Palm Drive, Osborne Foreshore Estate Phase 2 in Ikoyi, Lagos State, have accused Lekki Gardens of causing the death of a labourer on their property by not putting safety measures in place while it is still undergoing construction.
Reports from Jomog News Website has it that a construction worker named Steven Magilo was confirmed dead at a hospital after falling off from the eighth floor of a building under construction and owned by an infamous property company, Lekki Gardens.
Chinwe attributed the death to negligence on the path of the property owners whose actions have claimed three lives.
“Lekki Gardens is the owner of the property from which the young man fell and died. This is the third time in a space of months that workers will be falling off their buildings and plunging to their death. They have no regards for human lives”, she asserted.
She added that “Reports to relevant authorities concerning their atrocities fall on deaf ears; immediately you mention Lekki Gardens, it’s like a no-go area to the authorities of Lagos State.”
The Estate Manager, Olushola Odukoya, in his interview, faulted the decision of the state safety commission to reopen the building after sealing it off for a week, sequel to their response to the residents complaints.
He said, “The company’s safety officers told me that the victim was doing overload by trying to get things from a crane when he fell off and died. But to us on the estate, we know that enough safety measures were not taken.
“In the last seven months, this is the third occurrence, which they acknowledged and wrote to us. But this last death, they didn’t want us to know, so they quickly removed the body because they knew we would not take it lightly with them.
“We always try to monitor their constructions to see that they are in accordance with the approval they got and the safety measures the estate wants in place.”
“However, because of the peculiarity of Lekki Gardens, they feel they own the state and try to fence us off and do whatever they like, and that’s why we call on the authorities to come in and do the needful.”
However, a spokesman for Lekki Gardens, Emmanuel Essien, has denied the allegations against the firm.
Describing the incident as a sad and unfortunate incident, he added that “although the deceased was not our staff member, we are very perturbed because he was reported to have been engaged by one of our contractors.”
“The issue of death cannot be swept under the carpet, hence the incident was properly logged within the purview of the law with the Nigeria Police Force, while the safety agency was also notified.”
“It is completely false that this will be the third death on the estate and it is untrue that the firm does not provide safety measures because as a company, we insist that our contractors submit their site/processes for regular assessments by the regulatory safety agencies and forward evidence of such audits obtained to us. Such certificates are available for sighting at our office.”
“It is also false that we’re building more than the approved units of flats. We are building strictly within the confines of our building approval and its specifications”, he said.