The Nigerian Institute of Builders has called on the Rivers State Government to set up a building control agency that will oversee building constructions in the state.
Rivers State Chairman of the institute, Akinola Bammeke stated this to newsmen while reacting to the recent collapse of a 7-storey building along Woji Road in GRA, Port Harcourt.
Bammeke also said the State House of Assembly needs to review the existing obsolete building laws to ensure that only professionals engage in construction of houses to avert such incidents.
“What has happened is very unfortunate. One of the ways to check this kind of incidents is for the state government to set up a building control agency that will monitor building projects all through the various stages of construction,” he said
Similarly, the Nigerian Institution of Architects (NIA) has demanded the immediate investigation into the collapse building.
Rivers State Chairman of NIA, Egbuonu Asomba, who made the demand said that only a proper probe can unravel the circumstance behind the incident.
Asomba said, “When a building collapses, there are so many possible reasons for building collapse. You have to start looking at whether a proper soil test as conducted from the outset.
“Then you should also ensure that the proper design by professionals are involved at the design process. From the design of the building up to sending it for approval.
“I expect a lot more diligence, a lot more participation by every section of the brick environment. The professional architect, the professional structural engineer and every other professional must be involved to ensure that the right thing is done,” the State NIA boss said.
Meanwhile, the State Commissioner for Health, Prof Princewill Chike, has denied claims that survivors of the collapse building were not getting proper medical attention, saying some of the victims were at the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital (BMSH) for treatment.
Prof. Chike was reacting to complaints by some survivors of the collapse building that they were not given adequate medical treatment, assuring that the Ministry is working with other relevant authorities to ensure that more victims are rescued and giving proper medical attention.
By: Dennis Naku.