Abiodun orders inquiry into collapsed building in Ogun community
***the association blames poor law enforcement
Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has ordered an immediate investigation into the collapse of a building under construction in Iperu in the Ikenne local government area of the state.
Abiodun’s call came after the Nigerian Institute of Construction attributed poor enforcement of regulations guiding the construction industry by the government to the relentless collapse of buildings.
The one-story building along Ogere Road in Iperu collapsed and killed two people on Thursday as it suffered illegal construction by owners.
Abiodun on Saturday, in a statement by his chief press officer, Kunle Somorin, said he had assembled a four-man team including State Planning Commissioner Tunji Odunlami, special adviser for the Environment, Ola Oresanya, Special Adviser, Bureau of Lands and Survey, Ololade Salami, and State Police Commissioner, Lanre Bankole, to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the building collapse and report within a week .
While sympathizing with the families of the deceased for the unfortunate loss of their loved ones, Abiodun assured that anyone found guilty or guilty of the incident will be dealt with in accordance with the law.
He said, “No one who violates state building codes or regulations will be allowed to remain unscathed. This person or these people will face the full wrath of the law.
The statement said Abiodun had ordered the relevant government agency to immediately close the property while the investigation continues.
Meanwhile, President of the Ogun State Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Construction, Olufemi Adeleke at a press briefing to announce the Annual Builders Day 2022, held in Abeokuta, said that only the government is empowered by law to enforce the regulations guiding the construction industry.
Adeleke added that the institute stands ready to work with the government and other agencies on enforcement and punishment of violators of building regulations.
He insisted that strict enforcement of building codes by developers remains the panacea to the continuing threat of building collapse in the country.
He said: “It all comes down to the roles our government plays. The government should have a standard and it must ensure that this standard is, at all times, strictly respected by professionals in the sector.
“Governments are the ones who apply the law, they monitor the projects. Governments have a standard of what they want, but because of the system we operate in, it’s very difficult even for the government to achieve what they want.
“Therefore, the government must ensure strict enforcement of regulations guiding the construction industry to curb the relentless building collapse in the country.”
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