By Dotun Akintomide
The Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG) has called on stakeholders for a concerted effort aimed at mitigating the spate of building collapse which has become a recurring decimal in the country.
The President, (BCPG) Builder Kunle Awobodu made the call in a communique made available to Nigerian NewsDirect by the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA), saying addressing the problems of building collapse should not be left in the hands of government alone, but rather individuals must play their roles.
Awobodu maintained that members of the public and the entire built environment must learn to adhere to all the laws that ensure codification and proper regulation of building safety and structures
“ Leaving everything to government will not provide solutions and I’m optimistic the document presented to Lagos State government on building collapse would be implemented.”
This follows the collapse of a three-storey building at Ire-Akari Estate, Isolo, area of Lagos, on Thursday where 3 persons died and 19 workers trapped in the rubbles were injured after the building gave way.
Residents of the community revealed to Nigerian NewsDirect that the building collapsed because of the hastiness of contractors to complete it. They also pointed out that construction workers made use of substandard materials in building the house.
Mr. Bolajoko Nurudeen, a resident of the community said, “the way the building was standing while construction is ongoing, some of us know it will collapse because it was not perfectly built. The building started February and the way the building was being rushed, we knew for certain that it will collapse but we didn’t know it will be this soon.”
To this end, the BCPG Secretary-General, Arc. Akinola George also suggested that pressure groups should be set up to drive the implementation and follow up on government’s plans and actions against building collapse.
He explained that the BCPG structure, codification and regulation of building safety and structures have been put in place as necessary antidotes to building failures.
Also, in the statement, architects were charged to see the need to redefine themselves within the community in which they live.
“The Concept of Autopoiesis – They need to rethink their relevance in serving the citizenry of Lagos as it is. They need to think “Out of the Box” to ensure that Lagos slum areas are included in the designed built-environment, otherwise, regeneration of true Nigerian architecture will be impossible and extinction could become imminent,” it stated.