The President, FIABCI Nigeria, Mr Adeniji Adele and Secretary General, Mr Ayodeji Odeleye, said in a statement that the association believed that previous standing committees that had been constituted at the federal and state levels, could have some solutions to the building collapse puzzle.
According to the group, building collapse is not a new phenomenon all over the world but the concern is the continuous and unending occurrence in Nigeria, as well as the fact that city administrators seem to be unwilling to take necessary corrective measures.
It said, “As a forward-looking organisation, we, therefore, wish to propose some recommendations that will check this menace. To start with, we believe that fact-finding missions are carried out on every building collapse that has ever occurred. However, the final reports emanating from these missions are either locked up in secluded shelves where they may never see the light of the day or for some political reasons not made available to the general public and research organisations for their consumption and use.
“The need to make such documents public cannot be overemphasized, as the findings could guide future building policies, as well as aid research into building construction, development and management. This will help prevent the recurrence of a building collapse as lessons are drawn from past findings, while panaceas would have been proffered.”
FIABCI said many of the marked buildings for demolition were still standing with occupants still carrying out their daily activities, adding that these buildings were obvious dangers waiting to happen at any time.