Experts Identify Causes Of Building Collapse

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Aside poor quality materials and quacks in the construction of building, experts from the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) have identified lack of total quality management and site development errors as factors responsible for building collapse in the country.     

  The experts made public their view at a one day stakeholders forum tagged, “Professional Builders and Construction Stakeholders Interactive forum held in Port Harcourt, Thursday.

In his paper titled, “Building Collape Perspectives – The imperatives of Engaging Professional Builders,” Mr Kenneth Nnabuife linked collapse of  buildings to site development errors related to the absence of geotechnical and soil investigation report.

For instance, he sited the case of the two buildings which collapsed at the Abacha Road axis of Port Harcourt few years ago and said it was due to apparent lack of diligence on the part of the property developer and contractors in the engagement of qualified and competent building professional for effective supervision and management.” Mr Nnabuife, who is a fellow of NIOB pointed out that abandonment of building projects long after the commencement of construction can equally lead to building collapse.    He defined building collapse as an, “irreversible aspect of building failure and occurs if a part or whole body of the building has failed …as a result of the development.”

The fellow of NIOB was of the view that following frequent reports of building collapse in the country, a lot of economic resources have bear wasted as well as other negative social effects associated with the implied loss in housing resource availability.

Similarly, Mr Micah Obiegbu identified the lack of  Total Quality Management (TQM) as responsible for most building collapse.

He argued that failure to adhere to TQM lead to usage of poor building materials which in turn affect the duration of the project. Mr Obiegbu noted that over the years, building materials and workmanship specifications have grown to be part of the condition of contract procedures for accepting or rejecting materials and workmanship.

 Unfortunately, because of greed, a lot of professionals have compromised standards and are risking the lives of individuals, who occupy buildings that are poorly constructed.

He however advocated for a Project Quality Management Plan adding, “ it should be the desire of all building constructors to apply total quality management systems on their products with a view to achieving compliance”.