By Raji Rasak
Badagry (Lagos State), Oct.6, 2020 The Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) has called on Lagos State Government to ensure proper monitoring and enforcement at construction sites
to end incessant building collapse in the state.
Mr Sunday Wusu, Chairman, Lagos Chapter of NIOB, made the call on Tuesday during a visit of the institute to the First Storey Building in Badagry, Lagos State
According to him, when government officials to enforce the rules, regulate and monitor a particular project, they ensure the right thing is done.
“To construct a building, we all know that one needs the service of a quantity surveyor, architect and engineer and builder, who are professionals.
“But many people look at this and say it is a waste of money, let me call my friend who can build house or a bricklayer to just construct the house, at least he has been working in a construction company.
“They believe that he had the idea, not knowing that the ground conditions are different and environmental conditions are different too.
“All these have impact on building condition itself.
“In Nigeria today, some people will want their building completed in six to eight months forgetting that there are construction methodology that needs to be carried out in fulfilling the purpose of erecting a good building and letting the building stand the test of time,” he said.
Wusu said that the visit to the First Storey Building in Badagry was part of the institute’s tour of heritage buildings around the country in its quest to find lasting solution to incidents of building collapse in Nigeria, especially in Lagos.
“There are buildings that had been built and they are still standing, and one of them is this First Storey Building built in 1845.
“We are here today to look at the building and do building condition survey, that is, check the physical properties of the materials used in constructing the house vis a vis the materials that we have today.
“We know that building collapse are caused by using substandard material and quacks that are not fit to do the job.
“Today, from what we saw here, apart from the treatment, the zinc that they showed us is heavier than what we have today.
“We will put 15 zinc of today together to make one zinc that was used in building the First Storey Building.
“Also, the nails we saw here is thrice what we have today, so we expect all these to last longer,” he said.
Also, speaking, Lt. Col. Gabriel Odey, Commanding Officer, 15 Field Engineers Battalion, Topo, Badagry, said there was no data on building construction in Nigeria.
Odey said that most of the buildings that collapsed in Lagos did not have approved building plan.
Rev. Hodonu Daniel, the officer in charge of the First Storey Building, said the 175-year-old structure was being maintained by Anglican Church Nigeria.
He said that engineers from Lagos normally visit on inspection of the building twice in a year.
“The major challenge that we face is the deplorable state of the road, as this discourages tourists from visiting the various historic sites in the ancient city,’’ Daniel said.
By Raji Rasak