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Experts attribute rampant building collapse to hasty construction

 Experts attribute rampant building collapse to hasty construction
Some real estate experts on Tuesday attributed the high rate of building collapse, especially in Lagos State to hasty construction of buildings.

They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the trend had persisted because no appropriate sanctions had been meted out on culprits.
Mr. Chucks Omeife, the former President, Nigeria Institute of Building (NIOB), said there was the need for the government to ensure every construction site had on-the-site-builder to monitor all stages of construction.
According to him, the National Building Code (NBC), there should be a builder in every construction site to ensure standards are maintained at all stages of construction.
“Architects and structural engineers are like consultants to a site; they come in at intervals to give instructions in respect of a project.

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“But a builder is always available at a site to implement the instructions given by the architect/engineer and to also ensure standards.
“In most building sites, it is not always so. These rules are ignored by the developer because the developer assumes all the roles,” Omeife said.
Mr. Kunle Awobodu, the National President, Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG), said most real estate developers were always in a haste to complete a project.
Awobodu claimed that the three-storey building that collapsed in Isolo area of Lagos recently was due to hasty construction, thereby resulting in construction failure.
According to him, estate developers must play their games by educating clients on the implications of hasty construction and the need to give developers enough time to do a perfect job.
“In a bid to meet the timeline, the concrete for the construction are not allowed to stay up to the required 21 days before loading.

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“The essence of the 21 days for concrete is to allow it dry to specification to effectively carry a load.
“Until most Nigerians refrain from the habit of making quick money and learn to follow due processes, the issue of building collapse will continue to occur,’’ Awobodu said.
Mr. Bamidele Mafimidiwo, the Chairman, Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS), Lagos Chapter, said there was the need for developers of collapsed buildings to be sanctioned to serve as deterrent to others.
Mafimidiwo said he was not aware of any developer that had been punished for killing innocent people.
“The mistake of a doctor may only claim the life of one person, but when a building collapses, many lives and property worth millions of naira will be lost.
“Until a severe punishment is given to the developer, others will not refrain from rendering substandard jobs,’’ he said.

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