Nigeria inaugurates inter-ministerial committee to investigate collapsed buildings

By Chioma Eche, Abuja

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Site of a collapsed building.

The Nigerian government has inaugurated an Inter-Ministerial committee as part of its commitment to find a permanent solution to the menace of collapse building in the country.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony in Abuja, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu said that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is determined to do everything humanly possible to stop building collapse because of its toll on human life.

Dr. Onu, therefore, urged the committee to identify the root causes of the incident and come up with its report within two weeks that can find lasting solutions to avoid reoccurrence of the disaster in the future.

According to Dr. Onu, it is important that every building under construction should be investigated to avoid collapse and secure life, property and the environment.

Necessary steps
He recalled the painful stories of the collapsed building in Lagos State, noting that no parent ever wishes to see the dead body of his or her child, stating that the government is taking necessary steps to find permanent solution to this recurring disaster.

The Minister commended the Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI) an agency of the Ministry for its research and investigation which has helped to reduce the cases of collapsed building in the country.

A child being rescued from the scene of a building, which collapsed in Itafaji, Lagos.

‘Manmade’
The chairman of the committee and the Acting Director-General of NBRRI, Professor Samson Duna noted that the causes of the collapsed building in the country is “manmade and can be avoided”.

He said the impact of collapsed Building has affected human fabrics   causing psychological trauma, lost of lives and property lost of government revenue, with victims being rendered homeless and other suffering from permanent disabilities.

“For us professionals in the construction industry, it is shameful and humiliating knowing that most of the building collapse have been linked to manmade mistakes which can be avoided and eradicated completely” he said.

According to Professor Duna, “there is an urgent need to stop this ugly trend by investigating the root causes of the problems and make appropriate recommendation”. 

On behalf of the committee he promised to get to the root causes of the problems and proffer practical and implementable solutions that would  go a long way to forestall future occurrence.

Professor Duna thanked the Minister for impacting positively in the areas of Research and Development, particularly, as it concerns Science, Innovation and Technology.

The inter-Ministerial Committee was made up of representatives of all regulatory agencies in the management of the construction industries in the country.

 

Sammie Idika