The Building Collapse Prevention Guild has revealed plans to collaborate with all Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas of Lagos State to create awareness against building collapse at the grassroots.
The group said enlightenment remained a key part of eradicating the menace of building collapse in Lagos State and the country at large.
The Coordinator, BCPG Badagry Cell, Mr Olajire Olaniyi, during the group’s visit to the palace of Akran of Badagry Kingdom, De Wheno Aholu Menu-Toyi 1, said the guild had commenced a campaign for zero tolerance to building collapse.
He said, “Fortunately, there has not been incidence of building collapse in Badagry, but more efforts need to be put in place to ensure no such incidence will be experienced. This can be achieved through grassroots sensitisation of the residents to use standard building materials, obey codes and conducts and always engage the services of professionals in their housing construction.
“Badagry is the next point of development because after completion of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway, lots of local and international investors will come into Badagry. It is not until a building collapses, we start shedding tears. We need to sit up and continuously push for proactive measures to ensure zero per cent building collapse.”
He said the guild would not relent in its advocacy and efforts towards attaining a zero per cent building collapse across Lagos State.
The Secretary, BCPG Lagos State, Mr Friday Chukwu, said it had become necessary for stakeholders to focus more attention on the quality of materials and workmanship.
He stated that this could also help in ending building collapse as the quality of building materials and how they were applied had huge impact on buildings.
He cautioned residents to be cautious of developers or landlords who renovate or paint distressed buildings to make them look new, without carrying out structural integrity tests.
Meanwhile, the President, Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Mr Obafemi Onashile, has attributed increased cases of building collapse in the country to defective construction laws still in use.
He said as an anti-dote to end such incessant cases, the National Assembly should expedite action and pass the bill on ‘Construction Industry Health and Safety’ sent to the lawmakers by surveyors and subsequently assented to by the president.
Onashile spoke at the institute’s southeast zonal workshop in Owerri, with the theme, ‘Construction industry health and safety management.’
According to him, Factories Act of 1974 as amended, cannot solve the modern needs in the industry, urging President Muhammadu Buhari, to as a matter of necessity, establish Construction Industry Board which will comprise experienced professionals in the building industry to ensure decisions and implementation of related issues are carried out.
He said, “We have told President Buhari that we need to have Construction Industry Board. It will form part of the approach towards solving this problem. We have MoU with relevant ministries and departments. That is the last threshold of it. By the grace of God, that will come to pass very soon.
“The issue of building collapse is because the construction industry and laws in our country, especially, the Factories Act of 1974 – 2004 are defective. That is why we are having collapse buildings.”