On January 28, 1986,, the US Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, killing all seven crew members aboard. The mission carried the designation STS-51-L and was the tenth flight for the Challenger orbiter and twenty-fifth flight of the Space Shuttle. The spacecraft disintegrated over the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida, at exactly 11:39 a.m. It was devastatingly clear that errors had been made. The government grounded the project for 3 years and did all it’s investigations, changed policies, made corrections and returned to the programme. There were no angry shouts for anybody’s head and indeed there ought not to be.
In October 2018 and March 2019, two fatal crashes of 737 MAX aircraft occurred due to computer errors and wrongly adjusted wings. 346 people died. And what happened?
There were no personal testimonies and betrayal noises from friends gloating over the downfall of the project. Government did not threaten to imprison the shareholdera or engineers of Boeing or demolish all Boeing planes.
Instead, there was a worldwide grounding of all 737 MAX aircraft from 2019 which was lifted in December 2020 and during that time, government examined several factors and corrected many things including its own agencies and policies and the projects went right back up NOT DOWN.
The foray into new technological areas and advancement is fraught with risks and those who invest time and money into it are to be encouraged ESPECIALLY when the chips come crumbling. This is precisely how advanced nations have grown.
We cannot burst into tears of joy every time we see a man of great ideas fall and then blame the rich for jejely trading in imported goods and not trying any creativity locally.
Nigeria, especially Lagos, needs high-rise buildings in its quest for aesthetics and better usage of scarce lands, and people like Osinbona who have done this successfully should be assisted up when they fall. We need to look at the bigger picture and see the impact that such watershed failures will have on future investment into any new ideas.
If we turn 360 degrees and abandon Forescore in its time of travail, if we demolish the remaining towers, and bury Osinbona and his ideas in Nigeria, a lot will die with that project but if our government rises up and saves the day, bringing our best hands to support and make a success of this project, pays compensations and actually even helps to erect the collapsed building properly, then Nigeria will never be the same again as high rise buiildings will fill everywhere because of the way we decided to learn our lessons.
And the people turned to stone David…
The choice is ours.