An environmentalist, Mr Gafar Odubote, has urged Nigerians to conduct a feasibility study on any building or apartment they choose to rent to avoid becoming victims of building collapse.

He made this known while reacting to the recent incidents of building collapse in Lagos and Ibadan.

Odubote said, “Before renting an apartment; request for the structural plan/design of the building and request for professionals to help in reviewing.

“The tenant should request for the report of any structural stability tests carried out by professionals in the building; which will show the state of such buildings.

“A tenant should look for any major structural cracks in the wall or gaps in the floors.

“He should understand the history of the area, the terrain and typography. A building does not suddenly collapse without any prior warning signs.”

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Meanwhile, Odubote has called on all relevant stakeholders to do more to check building of substandard structures.

According to him, “The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE); Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG); Nigerian Institute of Builders (NIB); and other civil societies should unite in creating advocacy on raising awareness for people to carryout proper design of their buildings.

“Adequate subsoil tests should be carried out before designs are done and the engagement of certified professionals for the building construction should be engaged.

“The government should be effective in monitoring the building construction process – both before and after.

“The advocacy should also target the professionals not to compromise quality, supply sub-standard materials and also contractors engage untrained builders, and the Nigerian construction industry should be totally sanitised.

“People should learn the basics of concrete mixing for buildings and not to cut-corners or give contractors unrealistic timelines, when the foundation is wrong the building will definitely collapse.”

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