In order to stop the incidence of building collapse in the country, the President, Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Mrs. Mercy Iyortyer, has urged the government to prosecute anyone found culpable in the construction of such defective buildings.
She said this in an interview with journalists on the sidelines of a two-day national workshop organised by the institute, with the theme: ‘Procurement of infrastructural facilities: Professional perspectives’, held in Abeokuta.
She noted that if the necessary layers of supervision and monitoring were diligently carried out on any construction work, and the required quality and quantity of materials were used, cases of building collapse would not occur.
Iyortyer also explained that the issue of use of quacks in building construction could be responsible for the recurring building collapse in the country.
She said, “There are many areas to be looked at concerning the recurring cases of building collapse. It starts from the owners of buildings trying to use quacks for their building construction, to the failure of government agencies to provide the necessary supervision of such construction to ensure that standard materials are used.
“Again, some owners go and add additional floors to the already approved plans and some professionals involve themselves in preparing false designs. I want to suggest that the government should begin to prosecute those involved in any building that collapses, so that they would know that it is a serious issue.”
Iyortyer commended the state chapter of the NIQS for organising the programme, adding that it would definitely update the knowledge of its members.
Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, who was represented at the event by his deputy, Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga, urged members of the NIQS to adopt modern technologies in the discharge of their professional duties for better service delivery.
The governor noted that in building infrastructure such building for shelter, school and health, the practitioners must ensure that not only the right quality was employed, but also “that the right quantity is used.”