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‘Why Buildings Are Collapsing in Nigeria’

The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has blamed the incessant cases of building collapses in Nigeria on poor quality of materials. This was disclosed by the chairman of NSE, Awka branch, Anambra State, Engr. Martin Agbili during NSE Awka Branch Annual Workshop and Induction of new members, held recently.

Agbili, who spoke to said that NSE was worried about the high rate of building collapse in the country.

He said findings have revealed that the main cause of the problem was use of poor building materials.

He said most building materials in the country were of low quality. According to him, disturbed by the situation, NSE was strategizing to partner Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON, to fight substandard building materials in the country.

Also speaking to the Publicity Secretary of NSE, Awka branch, Engr. Ajegwu Fimber, said that governmrnt needed to tightened its policies against substandard materials in the country.

Source: dailytrustng

BREAKING: Four killed as Building Collapses in Magodo

No fewer than four persons have been confirmed dead after a house built on a hill in the Magodo-Isheri area of Lagos State collapsed on Saturday.

The General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Femi Oke-Osayintolu, who confirmed the casualty figure to our correspondent, said the tragedy struck around 8:00 a.m.

He said some injured victims trapped in the rubble had been rescued and rushed to a hospital while emergency officials were on the ground to ensure safety at the scene.

It was gathered that a rescue operation is ongoing at Ita-Elewa, Ikorodu eskişehir escort bayanlar where another incident of building collapse occurred.

Oke-Osayintolu promised to get back to our correspondent with details on the Ikorodu incident.

Source: Punchng

Building Collapse: Fashola Advocates Teaching of Building Code in Schools

Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola, Thursday, advocated the teaching of the compliance to the national building code in the Nigerian schools.

Fashola, who spoke in Abuja when members of the national building code advisory committee paid him a courtesy call, also called for the involvement of students in the process.

The minister, who lauded the activities of the committee which was inaugurated in July 2018, described students as ‘critical stakeholders’ in the implementation of the code nationwide.

Fashola said: “It is good that you want to see the governors so that they will domesticate it (the national building code), but I think there are more critical stakeholders in the built industry that you need to relate with.

“Essentially for me, I think, this committee can be more visible more than it has been. The critical stakeholders for me are students because they are going to be involved in the industry within the decade from now.

“And unless we expose them to the best practices, best charter very early in life, they will learn it very late.  To do this, every level of education is involved.

“We can break down what they need to learn in easy module and they can learn it just as we learn the Nigerian history in primary  school and by the time you get to the secondary school,  the history contents would change, and if you do it as a degree, it becomes tougher.

“I think, this is the place that you can get involved. You should get the school principals, the school owners both at the state and federal levels involved so that basic knowledge and essential of building are inculcated in the people from the childhood’’.

The minister also called for severe punishment for any professional found wanting in any building collapse.

Earlier, the Chairman of the committee, Architect Mohammed Jimoh Faworaja, had highlighted some of the committee’s activities within the year.

Faworaja, however, said gas piping in construction of houses was part of the drafted guidelines that will be added to the national building code.

Source: Blueprintng

Breaking: Tears, Anguish As Another Building Collapses in Jos; 3 killed, 3 others Hospitalised

Three persons have been confirmed dead and three others hospitalised in another Jos building collapsed.

Blueprint correspondent exclusively reporting from the scene said the incident happened at an obscured environment situated at Anguwan Rogo settlement of Jos North local government area of Plateau State.

An official of the Red Cross, coordinating Anguwan Rogo community, Mahmud Adamu Abdullahi, confirmed the incident.

He said: “This building has collapsed, upon getting the information we rushed to the scene.

“We can’t confirmed how many that are dead so far, but I know we have rescued three persons, two men and woman sustained injuries and we have taken them to hospital.”

An eye and resident of the area who didn’t want his name mentioned said; “It was a flat building, and later a decking was constructed, with another room built on it, it suddenly collapsed in early hours of Monday.”

He said two persons – a man and woman, instantly died, another man died later.

“We have observed funeral prayers for the three dead persons,” he said.

The Police spokesperson, Plateau State Command DSP, Typev Terna, could not pick several calls put across to his phone, as at the time of filling this report.

Source: blueprintng

7 Children Were Killed And Dozens Were Injured After Part Of A School Building Collapsed In Kenya

A part of a school building collapsed in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, killing seven children and injuring dozens more, Kenya Red Cross spokesperson Peter Abwao told CNN.

Students were in their classroom at the Precious Talent Academy when the collapse occurred Monday morning, Kenya Red Cross said on Twitter. So far, 57 injured children have been transported to the hospital, Abwao said.
Search and rescue efforts ongoing, Kenya Red Cross to set up an information/tracing desk and offer psychosocial support services.

 

Emergency responders are still clearing the rubble to determine if there are more children trapped underneath.
Photos from the scene showed residents searching through broken chalkboards, desks and chairs.

Engineers are assessing what caused the collapse and if the rest of the building is at risk, Abwao said. Kenya Red Cross said it has set up a station at the school to assist parents and guardians seeking information about the whereabouts of their children.

SOURCE: CNN

Urban Renewal will Curb Building collapse –Experts

Experts in the built environment have asked government at all levels to consider urban renewal as a major step in curbing the problem of building collapse in the country.

They stated that the problem of building collapse was shameful for a country like Nigeria.

They noted that the government had been encouraging slum development and in turn, building collapse by failing to invest in urban regeneration.

Urban renewal, they explained, entailed clearing out of blighted areas to rebuild slums and create opportunities for higherclass housing.

The President, Architects Registration Council of Nigeria, Sir Dipo Ajayi, said government’s lack of willpower had encouraged slums and compounded environmental challenges.

He cited Ita Faji as an example of the government’s inability to enforce appropriate laws.

“When it comes to building collapse, the government is guilty by 80 per cent. If you go to Ifa Faji and the environ, some of the buildings there were made with brick and mortar and people still lease and build on those houses, some of which are as old as 100 years,” he said.

He said the government should meet with relevant stakeholders and agree that such areas across the state should be demolished and rebuilt.

“The entrance into Lagos is an eyesore like many other places in the city. Jakande in Lekki, for instance, should not be there again. The government has the power to make these things happen and if it is not doing it, then it is culpable,” he added.

Ajayi and other stakeholders spoke at a meeting conveyed by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency to find solutions to the problem of building collapse in the state.

The Building Collapse Prevention Guild, an advocacy group of building construction professionals, had recently revealed that 36,000 potential collapses were waiting to happen in Lagos alone.

The President of the BCPG, Mr Akinola George, said this was because many of the buildings in Lagos State were old and not constructed by the people who are properly trained to do so.

“A survey revealed that over 45,000 sites existed at a time in Lagos State; 20 per cent of this figure translates to 9,000. Hence by deduction, quacks and other faceless characters by whatever names called are responsible for the remaining 80 per cent. A whooping 36,000 potential collapses are waiting to happen,” he had stated.

The Lagos Chapter Chairman of the BCPG, Adeyinka Ogunseye, who was present at the meeting, said the government should urgently address the problem of distressed buildings.

“They have to be enumerated and dealt with immediately. Look at the collapse in Ita Faji, the building was marked for demolition but nothing was done. The government needs to act fast when it gets sufficient information about such buildings,” he said.

“The government should also make sure it is able to regulate developers and their activities; everybody is now building houses without having the requisite experience.

“We are not saying people who have money should not build but let them employ people who are really qualified to build houses so that building collapse can be reduced,” he added.

Above all, he said the issue of some highly-placed Nigerians violating construction laws due to their position in the society should be addressed.

“The government must be able to avert what we call ‘untouchables’. In other climes, if you are doing what is wrong no matter who you are, the law will come after you. But over here, we have people who circumvent the law and nothing happens,” he added.

A builder, Mrs Modupe Ogunbanjo, noted that enlightening the masses would have a lasting effect as part of efforts towards eradicating building collapse.

“To an extent, the mentality of the people is part of the problem. Enlightening people, especially those in areas prone to collapse will be a right step in the right direction. Again, we have the issue of quality building materials, the government needs to understand the essence of controlling these things,” she said.

Source: punchng

Many Lagos Buildings Distressed – LASBCA

The General Manager Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) Mrs. Abiola Kosegbe, has declared a lot of buildings in the state were distressed.

She spoke at a stakeholders meeting on collapsed building organised by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) at Alausa on Wednesday.

Kosegbe, who said the statistics were alarming, assured that the agency had taken inventory and was already working towards addressing them.

She appealed to resident to subject their buildings to integrity test, noting that all hands must be on deck to prevent building collapse in the state.

“We intend to hopefully come out with a lot of things that will help in preventing building collapse. Usually, when distressed structures are identified, we mark them and the owners are expected to take them down or perform needed repairs.

“But now, the government is being proactive and we try most times take action before such buildings collapses.

“Currently, there are a lot of distress buildings in Lagos right now and we have taken inventory of them. Hopefully, in the next two to three months, we are going to try to address the situation one by one,” she said.

Director General of LASEMA Dr. Femi Oke-Osayintolu said the meeting was called following the need for holistic approach in preventing building collapse.

He said there was need to understand the remote causes of building collapse in the state, adding that the administration of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has made safety of lives and properties a priority.

Osayintolu said there was also plan by the government to remodel, develop and upgrade certain areas of the state for improved economic and aesthetic value.

To achieve this, Osayintolu said talks will be held with locals in the identified areas, adding that the people will be drivers of the projects.

Osayintolu said there were some buildings the state would critically look into within 24 hours, adding that the government was prepared to accommodate persons who would be affected by its urbanisation policy until alternatives were available for them.

He said: “We are not talking about demolishing here. We are talking about urbanisation, regeneration and reconstruction. We are not saying government will do this and that. We are saying our people. It is going to be people orientated and that is why we started by laying a good foundation- calling all the key stakeholders.

“We are going to call our people into it too. We are going to carry out a lot of awareness, enlightment before we take any action. Government will not take any action. We (the people) will take all the actions. It is going to be everyone’s business.

“We must ensure that we do not experience building collapse in our state. In doing so, we have called the people they call ‘seven Bs’ which are the town planners, builders, architects, surveyors, land users and government regulatory agencies together for frank discussions.

“We want to know where we are weak, our strengths and how to improve on our weaknesses. We are still going to carry out a sort of workshop for everybody including the artisans in this job.”

President, Architects Council of Nigeria (ARCON) Dipo Ajayi said the government, professionals in construction and the people all share blames, adding that over 100 buildings have collapsed in the last three years across the country.

He said government must have the will power to upgrade places like Kara and Itafaji which have become slum communities and were defacing, demarketing the state.

In her submission, a surveyor Mrs. Adekemi Okusaga, said poor quality of building materials was responsible for building collapses, lamenting that today’s block were no longer thick.

She emphasised the need to return to the basics, warning people to stop sharp practices.

Source: Nationng

JUST IN: Three-Storey Under Construction Collapses in Enugu

A three-storey building under construction has collapsed at Monarch Avenue in Independent Layout, Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State.

It was gathered that the building which is located behind Catherine Lodge was said to have collapsed on Wednesday night.

There were no casualties reported according to sources.

When the site was visited  on Thursday, some residents of the area attributed the incident to substandard materials and the use of quack engineer’s in the execution of the project.

A resident who gave his name as Clifford Eze told our correspondent that there was no casualty adding that block work had already been completed and the building was about to be roofed when it suddenly collapsed on Thursday around 8:30 p.m.

When contacted on the telephone, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed the incident. He confirmed that no casualty was recorded.

Amaraizu, a Superintendent of Police said that investigation had commenced to investigation to unravel the cause of the collapse.

Source: Punchng

Building Collapse: Nigerian Society of Engineers Calls for Stiffer Penalties

The Nigerian Society of Engineers NSE, has called for stiffer penalties on owners of collapsed buildings and the project handlers in the country, especially where loss of lives is involved.

Disclosing this at the August breakfast meeting of the Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce NACC, themed “Building Collapse and the Need for Re-Certification”, the President, NSE, Engr. Adekunle Mokolo, said stiffer penalties will serve as a deterrent to the practices of carefree developers in the country.

“The menace and havoc that collapsed buildings have caused in our society cannot be over emphasized.

The rate at which promising lives and our country future hopes are being cut short due to our collective negligence and lack of care is so worrisome that one begins to imagine if any meaningful value is attached to human lives” he said.

Mokolo who was represented by Mr. Olusoji Olagunju,  noted that building collapse in Nigeria has become a regular occurrence, every occurrence results in casualties, fatalities, material loss, financial wastages and severe property damage.

“Buildings are expected to have certain features that make them attractive for many uses. This may be residential, commercial, institutional, educational, and industrial to meet people’s purpose of needs” he stated.

He said it is high time governments at various levels begin to enforce building regulations and necessary legislations, build their staff capability by equipping building approval and control agencies with the experienced professionals and ensure that only structural drawings prepared and endorsed by registered structural engineers are approved for construction.

The President of NACC, Otunba Oluwatoyin Akomolafe, said the rate of building collapse in the country has become so disturbing that various accusations and counter accusations are the order of the day.

Akomolafe who was represented by the Vice president of NACC, Mr. Ehi Braimah said the major issue is the building owners, who always look for the cheapest ways of building even before formal approval.

Source: vanguardngr

‘Building collapse a major challenge’

The National President, Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB), Mr. Kunle Awobodu, has identified building collapse as the major challenge facing the construction industry.

Speaking in Port Harcourt, he said the menace of building collapse has created doubts about the competency of practitioners and artisans in the international community.

He said the menace was man-made and could be overcome, if there was genuine interest to right the wrong. “About 10 years ago, when I was the chairman of the NIOB in Lagos State, the frequency of building collapse in the state made the then Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, to set up a technical committee to reform the Physical Planning and Development Law of the state.

“The committee developed a bill that was passed by the state House of Assembly and assented to by the governor in 2010, becoming the new Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law,” he said.

Awobodu continued: “Promulgating the law was one hurdle crossed, but the implementation becomes a bigger hurdle.” According to him, compromise and corruption remained the bane in the fight against building collapse. He, however, noted that NIOB must sustain the efforts to ensure that buildings that are being constructed in Nigeria meet the required standard.

He said if builders were complaining about that the construction sphere is replete with quackery, NIOB should proffer the solution that would encourage developers and clients to patronise trained builders.

In view of this, he said, “Self-development and professional competency drive will be salient in the programme of this new NIOB administration.”

Awobodu said the institute would embark on international collaborations to equip members with latest construction technology and improved construction methodology.

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