System Collapse, Bane of Building Collapse - Ayegbusi
System collapse and lack of building policy has been identified as the root cause of the spate of building collapse in the country.
A chartered Builder, Bldr. Oluwaseun Ayegbusi made this known recently at a Town and Gown Seminar organised by the department of Building Technology, Covenant University, Ota.
While speaking on the “Relevance of Builder in the Actualisation of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 2022”, Bldr. Ayegbusi opined that once the nation’s collapsed system was fixed, all other challenges would be fixed.
He said, “I believe our system collapse is due to crave for economic gain. Considering the menace of building collapse, people must be accountable and we should ask questions such as who is the designer, who is the developer, who approved the drawing, who supervised the construction, sources of materials used and where are the regulatory bodies during construction?”
Other causes of building collapse, according to him are improper planning poor design, poor materials, method of construction, lack of soil test report, absence of government policy to punish offenders, natural disaster, and poor workmanship as well as quacks overseeing projects, among others.
Bldr. Ayegbusi therefore recommended the implementation of national building code, capacity building among built professionals, monitoring of professionals for strong compliance with best practices, removal of administrative bottle neck for plan approval as well as training of artisans in digestible technical terms, among others.
The acting Head, Building Technology Department, Dr. Lekan Amusan, had earlier remarked that the Town and Gown Seminar was part of the Covenant University culture to raising a new generation of leaders.
He stated that in order to expand the frontier of learning, the University brings experts from the industry to update the knowledge of students and faculty.