Engineers Blame Building Collapse On Inferior Materials

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Worried by the increasing records of collapsed buildings across the country, with particular emphasis in Port Harcourt, the Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (NICE), Port Harcourt Chapter, has blamed the collapse of structures on the use of inferior building materials.

The group said that it had made several efforts to ensure that the menace is put to a check, and people involved in such process are brought to book.

Speaking through its chairman Engr. Solomon Orumo in a chat with journalists in Port Harcourt, NICE noted that structural failure has increased in recent time but quickly maintained that such abnormality can be linked with the corruption that has eaten deep into the fabrics of Nigerian society.

The Port Harcourt Chapter Chairman explained that are major issue that would be linked to building collapse is the culture of awarding contracts to politicians and other business men who are not professionals and who are usually after the profit rather than considering the effect of non-compliance to specifications.

Orumo, who is a fellow of the Institute, expressed displeasure over situations where  engineers were commonly referred to as being responsible for building collapse whereas they were not consulted or given free hand on the project.

The chairman who frowned at the spate of use of professionals outside the civil engineering field in the supervision of building and construction project, lamented the use of agricultural engineers and others in the supervision of building projects, who he said are not expert in construction.

He, therefore, urged the government and indeed the general public to ensure that they consult building professionals in the cause of executing their building projects, as well as stick to specifications in terms of use of materials in building projects to avoid mishaps.