Lagos Seeks Support from Stakeholders to Stop Building Collapse

The Lagos government on Thursday called on artisans, developers and built environment professionals to support initiatives to reduce building collapse.

The Chief Executive of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Gbolahan Oki, made the call during a two-day workshop hosted by the agency in Oregun, Lagos.

Mr Oki said experts were looking for solutions, but collaboration between government and stakeholders was important “to ensure that building collapse is kept to an absolute minimum”.

According to him, the central problem of building collapse is the craftsmen’s violation of building construction laws. He said the government could not do it alone, hence the call for joint efforts to reduce the threat to save lives and prevent the loss of investments.

“We realize that in construction, the welder, the masons, the engineers and all the other stakeholders are important. That’s why we’re sitting here discussing how to move the construction world forward,” Mr Oki said. “The collapse of a building goes beyond the framework of the architect or the welder, but we must face it collectively. The central problem is the attitude problem.

The chief executive of LASBCA said most builders or developers are not obeying government guidelines on building construction, leading to an increase in cases of building collapses.

“Errors in buildings are not something you can easily say you want to fix or go back to change. That’s why developers need to make sure we’re building the right way. One of the ways to stop collapsing buildings is to make sure the agency and the craftsmen put us on our toes to make sure we’re always doing the right thing,” said a developer, Valentina Olalade.

In addition, a member of the Association of Property Developers, Kabiru Olaniyinka, urged stakeholders in the building and construction industry to strictly adhere to LASBCA guidelines.


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