24 July 2020 By Remi Johnson
The Federal Capital Territory Administration through its Development Control Department, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council is set to conduct intensive integrity test on all abandoned buildings in the territory.
Director, Department of Development Control, Malam Murkta Galadima, who made this known to news men during the Builders stakeholders meeting in Abuja, said this would help reduce incessant cases of building collapse .
The meeting brought together Architects, Builders, Engineers and Town planners to check incidences of building collapse in the country .
Speaking on what the FCT Administration was doing to address building collapse in the territory, Malam Galadima said the Abuja Metropolitan Council had identified six hundred and fifty three abandoned buildings that would be subjected to integrity test to ensure the safety of lives and property.
According to the Development Control Department Boss, any of these structures that failed to meet the requisite criteria would be removed for safety purposes.
He said the department had concluded plans to engage consultants to conduct integrity tests on the structures to determine their stability or otherwise.
“We want to be more proactive; we don’t have to wait to be caught napping, that is why we had to call the consultants and other stakeholders, so that we can have discussions and strategise on how to prevent structural failure, otherwise known as building collapse…But those that are within the range of our remedial measures, we will make necessary recommendations. Mallam Galadima stressed.
On her part, Deputy Registrar, Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria, Oyeteju Janet Shehu, stressed the need for the professionals in the building industry to be engaged to carry out their duties without cutting corners.
“To mitigate the issue of building collapse, there is need for stakeholders especially the seven professionals in the building industry to identify our job functions, because each of these professionals have their job roles…And if all of us stay within the ambit of our designated job descriptions , the problem would be half solved.” The Deputy Registrar noted.
Also contributing, the representative, Council of Registered Engineers of Nigeria, COREN, Ben-Osy Okoh, described the meeting with the building industry stakeholders as a step in the right direction.
Most of the stakeholders were of the opinion that engaging professionals and maintaining standards, would go a long way in curbing incessant building collapse in the territory and the country at large.