Lagos building collapse
A child being rescued from the scene of a building, which collapsed at Itafaji on the Lagos Island on 13/3/19

The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) says that the country recorded 3,235 fatalities and loss of property worth N3.5 billion to building collapse between 2007 and 2018.

Head of Construction Management Unit, SON, Paul Oke made the disclosure in Gombe on Thursday, May 2.

Safety Record recalls that SON conducted a general sensitisation workshop on building collapse for the Northeast geopolitical zone in Gombe recently.

Oke said that the losses were incurred in 252 building collapse incidents across the country.

He added that the bulk of the incidents were traced to poor supervision and use of substandard and non-certified building materials.

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Oke stressed that adherence to the building codes and national standard would help address the menace of building collapse in the country.

He appealed to members of the public to engage qualified professionals for building projects and called on professional bodies to prevail on their members to deliver quality work.

“Incidents of collapsed buildings can however be reduced if not completely eliminated if relevant bodies in charge of giving approvals engage the services of experienced civil or structural engineers,” Oke said.