LASBCA links building collapse to attitude, maintenance problems
Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) has linked the frequent rate of building collapse in the country to attitudinal problems and lack of maintenance culture.
It said the issue of building collapse would be brought to the barest minimum in the country.
General Manager of the agency, Gbolahan Oki, who stated this at the Business Day conference in Lagos with the theme: “Addressing the challenges of building collapse in Nigeria,” said LASBCA officers would ensure that both new buildings are properly documented and monitored.
Oki said there are quacks and professionals who lack proper credentials.
The general manager, who lamented that there are fewer than 4,000 registered architects and over 6,000 not registered, said the crucial role of professionals in the construction sector is to counter the trend of building collapse.
“Construction often starts with the architect that designs and plans the project,” he said.
“The structural engineers are to ensure that the structures can withstand the stress and pressure imposed by use and the environment,” he explained.
He said other professionals involved in the construction process include builders, mechanical and electrical engineers.
Oki, who called for increased vigilance and community involvement in curbing building collapse, urged the use of appropriate building materials and the need for thorough documentation of all individuals working on construction sites.
He also urged cooperation among various professional bodies and stakeholders.
Oki, therefore, called for a unified approach to ensure the safety and stability of constructions.
“To end building collapse in Nigeria, professional bodies should register all deserving candidates as this would promote professionalism and end quackery in the built sector.
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