Guild Advocates Zero Tolerance For Building Collapse In Lagos

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The Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG), a non-governmental organisation, reiterated its commitment to attain a zero tolerance for building collapse across Lagos State.
BCPG Coordinator, Badagry Cell, Mr Olajire Olaniyi, gave the assertion during the guild’s visit to the Akran of Badagry Kingdom, Aholu Menu Toyi.
Olaniyi said the visit was necessitated by the campaign of the Guild towards ensuring that zero per cent building collapse was attained in Lagos State.
He said the guild was collaborating with the 57 Local Governments Areas of Lagos State to create awareness against building collapse at the grassroots.
“Fortunately, there has not been incidence of building collapse in Badagry, but more efforts need to be put in place to ensure no such incidence will be experienced.
“This can be achieved through grassroots sensitisation of the residents to use standard building materials, obey codes and conducts and always engage the services of professionals in their housing construction.
“Badagry is the next point of development because after completion of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway, lots of local and international investors will come into Badagry.
“It is not until a building collapses, we start shedding tears. We need to sit up and continuously push for proactive measures to ensure zero per cent building collapse.
“And BCPG will not relent in its advocacy and efforts towards attaining a zero per cent building collapse across Lagos State,” he said.
Secretary, BCPG Ikeja Cell, Mr Friday Chukwu, said that quality of materials and workmanship needed to be given adequate attention to avert collapse.
Chukwu said that residents sometimes renovated and repainted distressed buildings to look new, saying it was not enough to repaint old building without carrying out structural integrity test to ascertain its structural stability.
“The essence of this visit to sensitise the local residents through the traditional rulers so that whenever they noticed substandard building construction or distressed buildings, they can inform BCPG,” he said.
In his welcome speech, the Akran of Badagry promised collaboration of the Kingdom with BCPG to sustain a zero per cent building collapse in Badagry.
The Akran promised to ensure that BCPG was given a permanent office within the Badagry Local Government Secretariat.
He urged BCPG to continue its advocacy for the use of quality building materials, stressing that investigations reveals that sub-standard building material was a major cause of building collapse.