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Corruption: the scourge of the BCPC’s building plan processing



According to claims made by the construction Collapse Prevention Guild, delays in the construction plan approval procedure were purposefully caused in order to intimidate applicants.This was said in a statement issued on Saturday by Joseph Akande, the Chairman of the Guild’s Lagos Chapter.

He declared, “It was found that extortion was used to intentionally create bottlenecks in the building plan approval process.”Most people find it quite alluring to live in a corrupt centre because they are easily and quickly drawn to make money illegally. Experience has shown that some people prioritise financial rewards over hazards due to a poverty mentality and greed.

When a purported professional signs or endorses the stage certification or conformance form for a structure that they did not oversee, how can we explain the situation?Akande bemoaned even more the corrupt obstacles that the guild had recently overcome.He told the story, saying, “One day, a few BCPG leaders dressed in BCPG uniforms made the decision to visit two or three construction sites in Ebute-Metta.

The building work being done by developers was subpar, and two of the structures lacked approval for building plans. The developers’ offer of envelopes, or monetary presents, to BCPG members was graciously declined in favour of offering revisions.

The developers were shocked since they had assumed that incentive would be the norm. The relevant agency received the information in order to take the required steps to guarantee that the proper thing was done on these sites.

“The chairmen of the seven professional organisations in Lagos State that deal with the built environment discussed this experience at the BCPG meeting. Regular meetings allowed the state’s BCPG chairman to report on BCPG activities and provide ongoing feedback to the chairmen of the seven professional groups.

At the meeting, it was decided that until strategies for resisting temptation were created, BCPG members should refrain from site monitoring. BCPG needs to be shielded from dishonest behaviour.

Most people are drawn to centres of corruption because they may easily and quickly make money through illegal means.In addition, the chairman urged caution over the Certified Accreditor Programme, which was implemented by the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

“There’s a lot of excitement going around, making it seem like CAP is a welcome to come eat,” he said. Professionals whose occupations are not included in the project appear to be concerned about losing out on possible rewards, advantages, or palliatives.

There are allegations of favouritism and marginalisation directed towards those whose vocations fall into a lower cadre or category on the list.

There is a suggestion that the people who created CAP influenced the initiative to benefit their line of work. The spread of this misinformation has the potential to split professionals working in the built environment.

Segregation in the workplace and unhealthy competition for dominance. All of this suggests a fight for survival without giving the risk component of CAP more thought. “Beyond the government’s incentives, we suspect there may be a hidden motive behind this scramble, as demonstrated by past experiences.

“He bemoaned the fact that the Ministry of Physical Planning & Urban Development has suffered from inconsistent and perplexing policy formulation and implementation, in part because of the regular turnover of commissioners and permanent secretaries.

Mubarak Gbaja-Biamila, the general secretary of the Building Collapse Prevention Guild Lagos State Chapter, stated that joint efforts and pure sincerity of purpose would rescue Lagos State from the building collapse catastrophe.

“There would be no need for the government to expend enormous resources on on-site monitoring if developers and homeowners could do rethink and comply with building regulations by engaging the right professionals in building projects,” he stated. The construction crew on the site should be in charge of delivering the project at a high standard, not the monitoring officer or officers who are only able to visit the site sometimes.

“The monitoring officers’ job is to make sure that the appropriate experts—who can be held accountable—are actively participating in the project delivery process.

Therefore, there may not be a need for too many monitoring officers. It is painfully unavoidable that strict regulation and monitoring will be necessary due to the mindset of certain clever developers who are focused on increasing profit at the price of quality.

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