To guard against incessant building collapse and construction defects, Ogun State Government is set to partner with the Building Collapse Prevention Guild to sanitize the built sector and institutionalise effective control mechanism that would ensure all constructions in the State were captured, monitored and structurally certified from the foundation to completion.
Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, TPL. Olatunji Odunlami gave this assurance while addressing members of the Building Collapse Prevention Guild in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, noting that the rate at which buildings were erected without following due process was alarming and worrisome.
Odunlami explained that the newly created Ogun State Building Production Management Authority was set up to oversee the monitoring and certification in accordance to approved plans, as the agency would carry out site certification, building research, monitor building process, and check building materials to ensure quality, before and during construction.
According to him, the agency would also work on distressed and abandoned buildings susceptible to collapse, in forestalling unnecessary loss of lives and property, saying “we are ready to partner with BCPG to ensure that every stage of construction in Ogun State is certified, while illegal and distressed buildings are identified. That is why we created the Agency with about four core departments under it”.
Earlier in his address, the National President, Building Collapse Prevention Guild, Arc. George Akinola, explained that the organization was set up to reduce incessant cases of building collapses in Nigeria, as most buildings were not constructed by professionals, despite the provision in the relevant laws, assuring of the organisation’s readiness to collaborate with the State government, by deploying technology to monitor every building process, to avoid unnecessary loss of lives and property.