The President, Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers, Mr Eddy Atumonyogo, has appealed to the Lagos State Government to enforce housing sector regulations to avert building collapse.

He made this known Thursday, March 14 in reaction to the Wednesday, March 13 building collapse in Ita-Faji, Lagos Island Local Government that left many persons, including some school children, dead.

Atumonyogo said that government should ensure that those who man the housing authority must be qualified and competent professionals, who can understand designs and ensure that faulty designs do not pass through the process.

Scene of the building collapse
Scene of the building collapse

According to him, “If the foundation is not designed based on the strength of the soil, we could have a building collapse as a result of faulty foundation design.

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“If the structure is not properly designed by a qualified professional, mostly structural engineers, a faulty design can lead to building collapse and even if the building is designed properly, the construction process is faulty, it can lead to building collapse.”

The structural engineer said professionals should be allowed to practice in their specialised field to improve their skills and reduce quackery.

“Professionals should practice in their areas of core competencies, structural work should have more than two, three plans, it should be left in the hands of structural engineers because they have been trained, it’s a specialist’s  job.

”That is why we always advocate that professionals should practice in their areas of core competence to stamp out quackery in the industry.”

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