Expert proffers solution to rising cases of building collapse in Nigeria
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Bolmarmic Nigeria Limited, Paul Afolaji Abolaji, has proferred solutions to incessant building collapse in Nigeria, stressing the need for the Federal Government to ensure sub-standard materials are no longer imported into the country.
He added that developers should think about the worth of people’s lives, the problems that would arise whenever a building collapse and ensure they desist henceforth from using sub-standard materials.
Abolaji advised further that after they get approval to build five floors, they should not be tempted to change it to seven floors. He also counselled that developers should engage qualified engineers and should not engage quacks, because they want to make more money.
He noted that adhering to these advices will curb the catastrophe consequential to incidents of building collapse.
Abolaji advanced these solutions during the occasion of rewarding two contributors to his building construction company, namely, his manager, Abiodun Akindele, and his legal adviser, Senior Partner, PITIS, Barrister Adekola Obafemi, with two Ford Edge SEL each estimated at N6.5 million.
He said there is nothing being done overseas that cannot be successfully practised in Nigeria if only developers would stop cutting corners.
Abolaji said Akindele who can be described as his childhood friend, has remained committed to the company, while Obafemi has been one of the backbones of the firm in terms of legal advice.
Akindele, who said he was short of words, advised that faithfulness and commitment can be rewarding and that the surprise gift will definitely increase his output.
Obafemi said his advice is that one should not be too conscious of money or remuneration for every little deed and should always put duty first which he believes led to reciprocation.
He added that one can even feel cheated, but in the end, there will be a cause to smile.
Abolaji, who studied accounting but later diverted to the building construction business, said he has been able to surmount every challenge since the company started ten years ago by dint of determination.