29 July 2011

Nigeria: Govt to Commence Implementation of Building Code

Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Ms. Ama Pepple, has ascribed the incessant cases of building collapse in the country to the use of sub-standard materials and lack of adequate supervision in housing construction.

She stated this at the inspection tour of housing estates in Kuje and Gwagwalada Area Councils, of the Federal Capital Territory, being constructed by developers under the Public Private Partnership arrangement with the ministry.

Pepple, who regretted the absence of standard in housing construction in the country, vowed that the current administration would soon commence the implementation of the National Building Code.

"Why do we have collapsed building? It is the quality of the materials we are using, it is the quality of our work men and it is the supervision. I have noticed that the blocks being used have more sands and as I am taking them up, they all got broken into pieces. That shows they have not added enough cement in the mix to make the blocks. That is why buildings are collapsing.

"There must be adequate monitoring. The supervisors should give instructions on how many blocks they should mould per bag of cement. If they are buying, you must inspect the blocks before you start using them for building," she advised.

The minister however, assured Nigerians of government's determination to curb the ugly trend, which according to her, has claimed several innocent lives and property worth several billions of naira destroyed.

She warned that a situation where unskilled artisans were engaged in building houses connotes serious danger in the country, and urger that such practices must be regulated.

Pepple who expressed dissatisfaction with the materials being used at the Housing Estate for civil servants located at Gwagwalada Area Council, ordered that adequate measures must be taken to correct the defect noticed on the houses under construction.

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