In the quest to address the frequency of building collapses in Lagos, the Lagos State Government has engaged the services of additional 115 certified engineers and other relevant professionals in the building sector to ensure compliance with the relevant building laws.
This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, TPL Wasiu Anifiwose, during the induction programme organised for the newly deployed staff of the Lagos State Material Testing Laboratory (LSMTL). Anifowoshe emphasized on how the Lagos State government is prepared to curb the occurrence of building collapse in the state.
The Commissioner informed that the 115 newly recruited officers are professionals from different fields of study comprising of geologists, quantity surveyors, architects, chemical engineers, building officers, civil engineers and mechanics, among others.
The Commissioner who described the deployment of the new officers as a way of creating gainful employment for the citizens on one hand, but more importantly, stressed that it underscores the determination of the Akinwunmi Ambode led administration to continue to guarantee and reassure the safety all residents of the state and equally prevent avoidable deaths.
He added that the collapsed buildings experienced in Lagos state has been as a result of engaging unprofessional hands in construction works, use of substandard building materials by property developers and poor sensitization on the importance of undertaking material testing in building and civil engineering construction.
Anifowoshe, therefore, called on the relevant professional bodies to be more active to their responsibilities in ensuring that their members perform their duties in line with their guiding code of conduct, and emphasized that the efforts being put in place by the State government to ensure compliance with building laws must be complemented by the professional associations as well.
Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mrs Boladele Dapo-Thomas, who was represented by the Acting General Manager of LSMTL, Engineer Olalekan Ajani, in her remarks reiterated the State government’s position of zero tolerance to building collapse in Lagos State.
In her words, “Be reminded of the Mission Statement of this Agency which is – To establish a system that will prevent distress on building and civil engineering infrastructure through quality materials assurance mechanism”.
The Permanent Secretary lauded the efforts of the State government at ensuring the re-emergence and re-positioning of Lagos State Material Testing Laboratory to meet the challenges of a smart city that Lagos has become. In the same vein, she urged the inductees to help the industry curb the incidences of building and civil engineering infrastructure collapse by carrying out appropriate and required tests on all building materials used in building and construction works.