Residents of Rivers State and the Nigerian Institute of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), have commended the state governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, for his resolve to implement the recommendations of the Commission of Enquiries into the collapsed 7-storey building along Woji Road, GRA, Port Harcourt.
Chairman, NIESVs, Rivers Chapter, Mr Elliot Orupabo, who spoke with The Tide on the matter, stated that the move was a welcome development, noting that it is the first time someone has actually been indicted for a building collapse in Rivers State.
Orupabo said that the move would serve as a deterrent to those who like to cut corners in executing projects.
He decried the situation whereby some developers would pay illegal fees that enable them engage in sharp practices rather than pay the few extra thousands of naira to the appropriate quarters to obtain the proper documentations for a construction project.
A dealer in finished building materials, Mr. Owen Ogundayo, on his part described the governors move as “putting the right foot forward” and expressed the hope that the pronouncements made by the governor would be implemented to the letter.
According to him, the move will serve as a warning to all others in the built environment who prefer to use substandard materials in executing projects.
Also speaking, a respondent who simply gave his name as Wonodi and a dealer in vibrated blocks, while applauding the state governor enjoined the victims and families of desceased victims to come together as group and ensure that commensurate compensation was paid by the owner of the ill-fated 7 storey building.
When contacted, the chairman of the Nigerian Institute of Building, Mr. Akintola Bammeke, expressed optimism that the building reforms initiated by the governor would be all encompassing to strengthen the state’s building code.
It would be recalled Governor Wike had, last weekend, approved the recommendations of the commission of inquiry into the collapsed seven-storey building that Sir Francis Alagoa be made to pay compensations to the victims of the collapse.
According to the recommendations, the Attorney General of the State is to prosecute two builders, Adeniyi Ibiyeye and Timiebi Reuben, for professional misconduct.
Governor Wike also resolved that the state would comprehensively reform the procedures and processes relating to the building approvals and actual construction of buildings to eliminate future building failures.