Nigeria: Lagos To Inspect All High-Rise Buildings

The Lagos State government says it will soon constitute a body that will inspect all high rise buildings in the state.

The state Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Toyin Ayinde, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on Monday in Lagos.

He said that only government approved experts would henceforth be allowed to build high rise buildings in the state to check use of sub-standard materials.

The commissioner said that the collapse of a six-storey building in Maryland, Lagos, on October 26 came as a shock to the state government.

“The collapse of that building is a shock because of the solid appearance the building presented outwardly. This indicated that only building experts should execute building constructions, no more room for amateurs and quacks. It means that the materials used in the construction were grossly inadequate,” he said.

According to him, the state will also ensure soil test experts do thorough jobs before building construction begins.

“Those that have been completed will be inspected frequently enough to detect any possible danger to life.

“It is also on our agenda to set up a committee that will be responsible for checking building materials,” the commissioner said.

He expressed regret that many buildings in the country were erected without using the right experts.

NAN reports that more than 10 companies, including the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, CITN, were occupying the six-storey building before it collapsed.

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