Over the years, and like a malignant cancer, the issue of incessant building collapse in Nigeria, and its attendant losses in terms of human casualties and resources which run into billions of Naira has been brought to the fore, as experts and other stakeholders in the building sector have identified various reasons for the incidents and proffered ways to check the disaster.
Homes and Property Guide investigations revealed that across the country, and from Lagos, Aba, Abuja , Owerri to Kano, Jos and Maiduguri, cases of incessant building collapse abound in these cities. Some stakeholders and experts in the built environment who spoke with Homes and Property Guide opine that unless the fundamentals were addressed, more building collapse may continue to occur in the country. A former President of the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB), Chuks Omeife , said ,that a major factor responsible for building collapse, is greed on the part of most developers. According to him, the greed factor culminates in the use of substandard building materials, adding “some developers in a bid to cut corners, resort to the use of inferior building materials. This development has been responsible for about 80 per cent of collapses witnessed across the country”. Omeife pointed out, that in order to stem this worrisome tide, there is the urgent need to deploy registered builders to construction sites for the purpose of monitoring the building process. Speaking in similar vein, a quantity surveyor, Godwin Erhabor, said that a major factor responsible for building collapse , though neglected over the years, is the issue of planning permit. Erhabor said that when a developer gets permit to build a storey building but goes ahead to raise the structure to a three or four storey building, there are bound to be challenges and lapses since such action negates the original plan. He admonished the planning authorities to deploy physical planning inspectors to supervise building development. Corroborating Erhaboh’s position, a land surveyor, Mr Akin Oluwadare, said that the absence of built environment professionals in the construction process over the years, had been inimical to a sustainable building development Oluwadare also frowned at the infiltration of quacks into the built environment, adding that unless the seven regulatory bodies in the building industry wake up to their responsibilities, the issue of incessant building collapse may not abate.
He canvassed severe sanctions for those developers whose buildings collapse, adding that until such culprits are punished ,more and more buildings will continue to collapse