Concerned about the incessant cases of building collapse in the country, the Ogun State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development has sought the support of organised professional bodies in promoting the “build right” policy and processes of the present administration to further ensure early identification of defective buildings.
The Commissioner for physical Planning, Olatunji Odunlami, who made this known while playing host to a delegation from the Ogun State Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, said expertise skills and professionalism in the built industry were essential for immediate identification of problematic buildings for effective intervention.
He affirmed that a partnership with the Building Collapse Protection Guild (BCPG) had brought numerous defective structures to the attention of the regulatory bodies.
He said, “Ogun State is the first and only state in Nigeria to partner with organised professional groups to ensure very sound building production and monitoring processes.
“I want to use this opportunity to call on members of your institute and other professionals in the sector to join BCPG to help us serve as vanguards in the fight against building collapse in the state.”
In his remarks, the Chairman of NIOB, Ogun State chapter, Builder Adeleke Ademola, appreciated the commissioner and the ministry for giving professional relevance to builders in the state through the establishment of the Ogun State Building Production Management Authority.
He pledged the backing of the institute to policies and programmes of the government to make the environment free of building collapse.