Building Collapse: Experts call for strict enforcement of national building code

Building Collapse: Experts call for strict enforcement of national building code

As reactions continue to trail last Wednesday’s collapsed building at Ita Faji Street, Lagos Island, killing several children and injuring scores of others, professionals in the built environment have noted that strict enforcement of building code by developers is the panacea to the unabated menace of building collapse in the country, Blaming incessant building collapse

As reactions continue to trail last Wednesday’s collapsed building at Ita Faji Street, Lagos Island, killing several children and injuring scores of others, professionals in the built environment have noted that strict enforcement of building code by developers is the panacea to the unabated menace of building collapse in the country,
Blaming incessant building collapse on shoddy building construction arising from use of sub-standard materials all in a bid to cut corners, the professionals insist that strict enforcement of the code will eliminate quackery from housing delivery while standard buildings will be guaranteed across the country.
Reacting to Ita Faji collapsed building in Lagos Island and the three-storey building under construction that collapsed in Ibadan within days interval, the spokesperson for Lagos state chapter of Building Collapse Prevention Guild BCPG, a foremost body championing advocacy on prevention of building collapse in the country, Arc. Augustine Otuoke, said
Emergency and rescue personnel are seen at the site of a building which collapsed in Lagos on March 13, 2019. – At least 10 children were among scores of people missing on March 13, 2019 after a four-storey building collapsed in Lagos, with rescuers trying to reach them through the roof of the damaged structure. The children were attending a nursery and primary school on the top floor of the residential building when the structure collapsed. Police said they believed scores of people were trapped under the rubble. (Photo/ AFP)
“Ordinarily, if the Ita Faji building was built professionals you can be sure that the story would have been different. This goes to unearth the fact that standard processes and procedures for construction must have been thoroughly compromised in terms of appropriate design , proper documentation, right construction procedure and professional supervision as well as appropriate control by personnel of the regulatory agencies of government.
“Statistics obtained from Lagos State building Control Agency LASBCA, revealed that over 75 per cent of the buildings that are collapsing are the ones built by developers. This means that developers in their quest to cut corners to maximise profit, habitually compromise and jettison professionalism.
“The collapsed building we are told, was a mix use housing a school and residents. The question begging for answer is , was the building originally designed and built for mix use or was it adapted for mix use after construction?. The superimposed load to habour a school is not the same for a residential use, particularly on the upper floors.

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