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The pioneer president of the Building Collapse Protection Guild (BCPG), Bldr. Kunle Awobodu, has said the guild is determined to eliminate the quacks responsible for…

The pioneer president of the Building Collapse Protection Guild (BCPG), Bldr. Kunle Awobodu, has said the guild is determined to eliminate the quacks responsible for most of the infractions causing building collapse in the country.

Awobodu who spoke during the inauguration of the newly elected executives of the guild in Lagos, called for sustainable partnerships and transparency in the fight to prevent building collapse.

According to a statement by the guild, Engr. Eddy Atumonyogo, who emerged the president, also urged the government at all levels and the investing public to patronise qualified and competent local professionals on projects across all the built environment professions.

He said: “We will take the message of compliance to extant building planning laws to every state physical planning authority to ensure best practices. Our state chapters now have their work cut out for them. We will strengthen the ongoing monitoring of construction activities to highlight deviations from best practices.

“We will commence monitoring of the maintenance needs of critical buildings and bring them to the attention of responsible organisations. It is not enough to build; you must also have a robust maintenance regime. We will pay more attention to global best practices and emerging trends in our industry to ensure our professionals remain very relevant and conform to the best practices.”

While Atumonyogo was elected president of the BCPG, Tpl. Sulaimon Yusuf emerged as vice president.

Others elected were:  Mrs. Adenike Ayanda, general secretary; ESV. Elliot Orupabo, financial secretary; and Mrs. Fatimoh Osho, treasurer.

The BCPG also elected Arc. John Agmada Bawa, publicity secretary; Gbenga Alara, research and development secretary; and the immediate past president of the guild, George Akinola, ex-officio.

BCPG was formed in 2011 to prevent the collapse of buildings through promotion of standard building construction all over the country.