Saturday, April 19, 2014

Building Collapse Guild urges developers to obey construction standards


File: Rescue workers searching for survivors

There is a high rate of building collapse in the country.

The President of Building Collapse Preventive Guild, Kunle Awobode, on Friday advised developers to respect construction codes to minimise incidences of building collapse.

Mr. Awobode said in Lagos that construction standards also involve having basic fire-fighting equipment and escape routes in buildings in case of fire outbreaks.

He said the Guild’s interest lies in prevention than carrying out analysis on collapsed buildings.

“If a developer of a high-rise building, shopping mall or market abides by construction standards, cases of building collapse will be minimal.

“That is why we always advised land owners to involve construction professionals when developing their lands,” he said.

Mr. Awobode enjoined the various arms of government involved in approving building plans, monitoring of projects and certifying those already in existence to be up and doing.

He said the type of foundation, materials like sand, cement mixture, blocks and iron rod used are all important in preventing building collapse. He said that landlords should heed warnings about structural defects and rectify such defects before they could become major problems.

The Guild president also advised that the Nigerian Fire Service should also start enforcing the basic fire codes to minimise loss of lives during fire outbreaks. He promised that the Guild would continue to mobilise its members to monitor their areas of residence and report any sub-standard construction.


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