Mudashiru Obasa, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, has stated that regulatory adherence is critical in combating building collapse in the country.
Speaking at a recent event organized by the Building Collapse Prevention Guild in Lagos, he stated that the laws and regulations were not created in a vacuum and should be viewed as tools of guidance.
According to the Lagos Assembly Speaker, if rules are followed correctly, building collapses will be reduced or even eliminated in the state.
“Lagos State continues to do everything it can to reduce the threat of building collapse,” he stated, “which is primarily due to stakeholders in the industry cutting corners, particularly in obtaining the necessary permit for construction.”
“If stakeholders strictly follow the laws and regulations, we will all be relieved that one of the social challenges has been defeated.” That should be the way to go, not for some elements to cause a problem for both residents and the state, only to turn around and give the impression that the government is insensitive during the implementation of these laws, particularly in relation to demolition of buildings built in violation of the laws and regulations.”
He stated that if stakeholders were serious about putting a stop to the threat of building collapse, there needed to be effective coordination in the built sector.
“As professionals, you must advise your clients that strict adherence to laws and regulations cannot be avoided.” You must guarantee that any construction or remodeling adheres to building codes and that all essential planning permits and permissions are received.
“Regular site inspections should also be conducted to ensure that the quality of materials used is not compromised.” “Adequate security should also be provided at construction sites,” Obasa said.
Similarly, Soji Adeniji, Coordinator of the Kosofe BCPG Cell, stated that the Lagos State 2010 Urban and Regional Planning Law, as well as the accompanying Planning and Building Regulations of 2019, had provided the groundwork for the fight against the threat of building collapse.
Meanwhile, Joseph Akande, Chairman of the BCPG Lagos Chapter, revealed that the guild has been working with the Lagos State Government and its agencies to facilitate monitoring and discovering offenders in the built environment.
“As professionals in the built industry,” he stated, “we will continue to be at the forefront of solution-based discussions on issues that affect our building industry in Lagos State.”