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36,000 buildings in Lagos might collapse – Group warns LASG

The national president of the Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG), Akinola George, revealed this in Lagos on Monday, March 25

He said that this is majorly caused by half-baked development who often use faulty construction designs

Akinola George, the national president of the Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG) on Monday, March 25, urged the federal government to deal with the recurrence of building collapse caused by substandard constructions in the country.

The BCPG’s boss said that most developers in the state are half-baked and that they are the major causes of building collapse since they often come up with faulty construction designs.

Speaking in Ikeja, Lagos on Monday, Akinola said: “It may be a surprise to many that most buildings in Lagos State are not constructed by the people who are properly trained to do so.”

“Architects, Civil, Structural, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, Builders, and Land Surveyors are virtual on-lookers on the Building Construction and Procurement scene as they participate in less than 20 per cent of the total volume of construction activities going on in the state

“A survey revealed that over 45,000 sites existed at a time in Lagos state. Twenty per cent of this translates to 9,000. Hence by deduction, quacks and other faceless characters by whatever names called are responsible for the remaining 90 per cent. A whopping 36,000 potential collapses waiting to happen, on the average!”

He further advised the state government to look out for areas such as Lagos Island, Oworonshoki, Bariga, Somolu, Ebute Meta, Mushin and Ajegunle as hot spots for building with poor quality.

He said that the Lagos Master Plan must be reviewed so that buildings below the stipulated standard can be demolished. Meanwhile, it was reported that another building in Lagos marked for demolition had reportedly collapsed.

The house which is located in Kakawa street, Lagos Island collapsed on Monday, March 25. A resident in the street said since the house was marked for demolition, it has been vacant. No resident is reportedly in the collapsed building.

Credit: Legit

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