Lagos building incident; the government is to blame – BCPG president.

Indication have emerged that the unfortunate Ita-faji building collapse in Lagos Island was the fault of the Lagos state government. Speaking today on sunrise daily – a live program on channels television, the president of the the building collapse prevention guide, Lagos chapter, Mr George Akinola maintained that the responsibility of forceful ejection of the occupants of the building solely lies on the government`s task force since the building have been earmarked for demolition long before the unfortunate incidence happened.

According to him, professionalism should come first in the way we do things, the lack of synergy between the government and professionals in charge of the prevention of building collapse is the bane of incessant collapse of building not only in Lagos but in Nigeria at large. There are lots of disasters waiting to happen in Lagos Island because most building therein lacked professional touch, thirty years is old enough for a building that is not properly put together to collapse, such building ought to have been demolished since, he said.

While harnessing the peculiar nature of Lagos Island, Akinola advocated that a bill be sent to the Lagos State house of assembly to facilitate an urgent urban renewal process that would lead to the redesigning of Lagos Island even as sick buildings are identified through an all encompassing integrity test.

He advised the Lagos state government to audit their staff so as to have a strong building control, building planning, building approval and building codification agency that would be more scientific in nature via public private partnership with professional body such as the building collapse prevention guide of Nigeria.

Building Collapse Prevention Guild [BCPG] is made up of volunteers from the seven professional bodies in the construction industry; the Nigerian institute of Architechs {NIA}, Nigerian Institute of building [NIOB], Nigerian Society of Engineers [NSE], Nigerian Institute of town Planning [NITP], Nigerian Institute of Estate Surveyors and Valuers [NIESV] Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors [NIQS] and the Nigerian Institute of Surveyors [NIS]

It could be recalled that a four-storey building at Mercy Street, Ita Faaji, Lagos Island, Lagos collapsed yesterday. The third floor of the building accommodates a nursery and primary school with about 10 children among scores of people missing as rescue operations continues. A solid partnership from Lagos state government with the building collapse prevention guild stands a better chance in forestalling future occurrence of the avoidable disaster.

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