By Kingsley Adegboye
The need to involve Lagos residents at the grassroots in the campaign against building collapse, was stressed at the weekend by the Coordinator, Building Collapse and Prevention Guild, BCPG, Ikeja Cell, Mrs. Iyabode Bolarinwa who is a former vice- chairman, Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria, CORBON, the regulatory body of the Nigerian Institute of Building, NIOB.
The Ikeja Cell Coordinator who made the call when a team from the Cell paid a courtesy visit to the Chairman, Ikeja Local Government Area, Mojeed Alabi Balogun, an engineer, in his office in Ikeja, said the call to involve people at the grassroots in the campaign to prevent building collapse had become imperative considering the high rate of shoddy housing projects being carried out across the local government areas in the state due to lack of awareness campaign on the need to engage professionals in the built environment when commencing housing projects no matter how small or big they may be.
Mrs.Bolarinwa, who disclosed that the embarrassment the incidents of collapsed buildings have caused the country has assumed international level, reiterated that the solution to the menace must begin at the grassroots by way of organising enlightenment/awareness programmes where people at the grassroots who will be participants at such forums will be given orientation on the need to engage qualified built environment professionals when embarking on housing projects to prevent their houses from collapsing after some years of construction due to the use of substandard materials coupled with shoddy jobs done on the buildings.
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