Prophet TB Joshua, founder, Synagogue Church Of All Nation (SCOAN)
An engineering expert from Tanzania is the latest to question the verdict of Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe who presided over the inquest dealing with the collapse a building within The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) last year.
Dr Steven Asheri Ntoga, the dean of the Faculty of Engineering in Tanzania, stated that from his professional viewpoint, structural failure was not the cause of the fatal collapse.
“I am a civil engineer, a structural engineer and a material engineer,” Dr Ntoga explained in a YouTube video which shows him standing before the foundations of the ill-fated building within The SCOAN premises.
The Tanzanian university lecturer said that ‘British standards’ were used in the construction, adding that, the foundation was sufficiently strong for the size and weight of the building.
“This foundation itself is over-exaggerated, meaning that the interaction between this foundation base and the soil has been opened up so wide that even if the soil was of low strength, then actually, it will still have an excellent response,” he explained. “This is why, as you can see, the foundation itself is healthy.”
Ntoga, who was educated in Greece, described the steel used in the construction as having ‘the highest strength in the world’.
“With this kind of foundation, the building could go to even more than 12 stories,” he insisted, adding that the manner and speed in which the building fell suggested controlled demolition.
“This could only have been done as a preplanned arrangement by knowledgeable people like me who teach people how to demolish buildings,” he said.
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Source:: PM Newspaper