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Lagos collapsed buildings: FG inaugurates inter-ministerial committee

By Idowu Isamotu, Abuja

The Federal Government has inaugurated an Inter-Ministerial committee on collapsed Buildings as part of its commitment to find a permanent solution to the menace of collapse building in the country.

It would be recalled that several people were trapped in a building that collapsed in Ita-Faji at Lagos Island on Monday March 17.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony in Abuja, the Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu said that the administration of President Buhari is determined to do everything possible to stop building collapse in the country because of its toll on human life.

The minister expressed concern on painful stories of building collapse, noting that no parent ever wishes to have the dead body of his or her children.

He added that the government is taking necessary steps to find permanent solution to this recurring disaster through one of the agencies under the supervision of his ministry – Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI).

He commended the NBRRI for its research and investigation which has helped to reduce the cases of collapsed building in the country.

According to him, it is important that every building collapse should be investigated because to secure human life and protect our environment.

He charged the committee to put the interest of the nation first in its assignment.

Representatives of all regulatory agencies in the management of construction industries are in the Committee. The committee has two weeks to summit its report.

In his remarks, the chairman of the committee and the Acting Director-General/CEO of NBRRI, Prof. Samson Duna noted that the impact of collapse Building affected entire human fabrics, causing psychological trauma, loss of lives and properties, loss of government revenue, with victims being rendered homeless apart from suffering permanent disabilities.

Duna said, “Most of the building that collapsed has been linked to man-made mistakes which can be avoided and eradicated completely.

“There is urgent need to stop this ugly trend by investigating the root causes of the problems and make appropriate recommendation”.

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