Enact law to monitor high-rises, surveyors tell states

The Nigerian Institution of Surveyors, Lagos State, has called on state governments especially Lagos to enact a law that requires “periodic subsidence monitoring and deformation study” of all buildings that are above two floors especially high-rises in states of the federation.

The Chairman of the institution, Adeleke Adesina, who said this in Lagos recently, said the move would restore investor confidence in the real estate sector.

The expert spoke against the backdrop of the recent collapse of a 21-storey building in Ikoyi, Lagos.

He said, “The Nigerian Institution of Surveyors, Lagos State Branch, is greatly saddened by the unfortunate death of scores of people at the construction site on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi on the 1st of November 2021. We condole with the government and the people of Lagos State on the irreplaceable loss of souls.

“The crux of the matter is that the inputs and advice of professionals are always jettisoned on the altar of ignorance, cost management, and time savings. Whereas, no other consideration should supersede the sanctity of human life.

Adeshina added that smart cities must consider the importance of GPS technology as an important player for monitoring the tall buildings still under normal behaviour.

He added, “Professionals at all stages in the construction industry must also work hand in hand, alongside regulatory bodies and take a holistic approach to the issue of building collapse. The NIS, Lagos State Branch, sincerely hope that this would be the last of such building collapse in our dear Lagos and it can be if the law proposed is enacted and other suggestions above implemented.”

Meanwhile, surveyors have tasked regulatory agencies in the construction industry to strictly enforce all stipulated laws in the sector so as to curb incessant cases of building collapse across the country.

Commenting on the recent Ikoyi building collapse in Lagos, the National Chair, Young Surveyors Network Nigeria, Otobong Nse, said operators must be made to adhere to designs and regulations.

Nse, who spoke on the sidelines of the 5th annual conference and training workshop of YSN in Abuja, urged the construction industry regulators to live up to their biddings.

He said, “Every building has its required specification and if the regulators and those who control project development live up to their biddings, we would expect that some of these buildings must be made to comply with the regulations.

“If they do not comply with the regulations then what we had in Lagos, no matter how unfortunate it was, would definitely happen.”

Nse added, “But sometimes we have people who choose to cut corners, they don’t consult the relevant professionals and sometimes there are professionals who do not really take their oaths into consideration.

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