Lekki Building Collapse: Professionals give their views..

The recent building collapse at Lekki Gardens, in the Lekki area of Lagos State, has left a scar in the minds of those directly and indirectly affected. The building collapse which occurred on March 8, claimed the lives of over 30 people. Safety Record Newspaper sought the reactions of safety professionals and subsequent effect of Lagos State’s action on the issue.

A message has been sent across to the country to stakeholders in the building industry at large that specifications and standards should not be compromised. The faculty is on the supervisory ministry, but the quality of materials used has to be checked. This is why standard organizations have to be well monitored because some of the materials used are substandard.
– Engr. Abiodun Bello, Eko Electricity Distribution Company.

Here in Nigeria, let us try to be pro-active and active. The technical test Lagos is carrying out on the house would have been done before people moved into the house than now. At least Lagos State is on the track, though not hundred percent
– Iwunze Prisca, Safety Professional.

Lagos State government is showing a lot of commitment and that is our prayer that the government should come up with serious commitment. We need a lot of pro-activeness. I appreciate all the Lagos State Government is doing. It is really encouraging on the side of safety attitude for the future
– Dickson Amronawhe, Secretary ISPoN Delta State Branch.

I will refrain from laying any blame on anybody until the investigations have been completed. As for the Lagos State Safety Commission, we were there to do all the needful, and we are doing all that is necessary in terms of trying to understand what went wrong and what should be done to prevent further occurrences again
– Fouad Oki, DG, Lagos State Safety Commission.

As professionals we do not like to blame incidents on people, but on the system. The concentration has been focused a lot on oil and gas, but the construction industry is another industry that is growing. So the government should have put together a law or laws governing the construction industry. All these analysis are supposed to be checked- the engineering design, the terrain, the foundation of the area, a competent team, regular monitoring and measuring of performance to ensure that they are in line with whatever standard there is, as well as the materials been used. I think that would have helped that
– Rita Obayojie, President, ASSE (NC).

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