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NEMA blames regulatory agencies for collapsed buildings

The National Emergency Management Agency has blamed the incessant collapse of buildings in Nigeria on poor monitoring and enforcement of standard by regulatory agencies.

This is as the agency called for the arrest and prosecution of importers of substandard materials in the country.

The Head of Imo/Abia states’ operations office of NEMA, Mr Evans Ugoh, disclosed this to Southern City News on Friday in Owerri shortly after visiting the scene of a collapsed building in Ariaria community, Aba South Local Government Area of Abia State.

Ugoh said two persons were confirmed dead following the collapse, while 10 persons sustained various degrees of injury and were receiving treatment in hospitals.

However, speaking on the cause of incessant building collapse in the country, Ugoh blamed it on building regulatory agencies’ poor monitoring ability and compromise of standard.

He said, “The regulatory agencies are not doing enough in the area of monitoring projects and enforcement of standard. Builders bribe their way into getting approval without being strictly monitored, which will eventually lead to compromising standard.”

He urged regulatory agencies to rise to the occasion and ensure that projects are effectively monitored.

“Building ethics should be enforced in other to check the ugly trend,” he added.

Ugoh further called on the law enforcement agencies to identify, arrest and prosecute importers of substandard materials.

No fewer than seven buildings have been reported to have collapsed in various states in the last two weeks, leaving at least 20 persons dead and 35 injured. 

Source: Gibson Achonu

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