Collapsed buildings owned by influential Nigerians – COREN

Mr. Dogara said that from 1974 to 2010, an estimated 297 lives were lost to building collapse.

The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, COREN, on Tuesday said most of the collapsed buildings across the country were owned by influential people in the society.

Ali Kazeem, President of COREN, disclosed in Abuja at a 3-day public hearing organised by the House of Representatives Ad-Hoc Committee to check the Serial Incidence of Building Collapse in Nigeria.

Mr. Kazeem said that most of the collapsed buildings in Lagos and Abuja were owned by powerful people in the society, adding “all attempts by COREN to bring them to book were unsuccessful.”

He explained that the situation had continued unabated because the council does not have the power to arrest and prosecute owners of such buildings.

Mr. Kazeem said the council was working closely with the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC and the Nigeria Police to ensure that owners of collapsed buildings did not go scot-free.

He said that part of measures to curtail further cases of building collapse in the country was to amend the criminal law so as to sanction defaulters.

The president said cement manufacturers in Nigeria adhered to safety standard, adding that there was no sub-standard cement anywhere in Nigeria.

In his remark, the chairman of the ad-hoc committee, Yakubu Dogara (APC-Bauchi), said the serial incidence of collapse building in the country had become a source of anxiety to all the stakeholders.

Mr. Dogara said that from 1974 to 2010, an estimated 297 lives were lost to building collapse.

He said it was regrettable that the relevant stakeholders and regulators had failed to summon the necessary will to end the menace at once.

Earlier, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, said it was unacceptable for Nigeria to continue to witness cases of building collapse despite the quality of cement being produced locally.

The speaker was represented by the Deputy Majority Leader, Leo Ogor (PDP-Delta).

(NAN)


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