By YINKA KOLAWOLE
Lagos State government is set to introduce new building regulations that will ensure that engineers and architects put their seal on their drawings and give letters of indemnity on buildings they handle.
Under the regulations, aimed at stopping the scourge of collapsed buildings in the state, professionals would be held if buildings under their charge collapse.
This was revealed by the General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Dr. K. A. Animashaun-Odunayo, at a stakeholders’ town hall meeting in Ikorodu aimed at ensuring a safer environment in the state. Participants at the meeting included officials of LASBCA, chairmen of Ikorodu local government and other Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs), executives of various artisans groups, block makers, and Community Development Associations.
Animashaun-Odunayo said the rate at which buildings were falling in the state was regrettable, adding that government is concerned about the development. She noted that some of the incidents were caused by the use of sub-standard building materials, non-qualified artisans and “pseudo-professionals” in the industry.
“This stakeholders meeting has become imperative in the sense that rainy season is around and we normally witness collapse of buildings during this period, hence, the need to sentisise our people on what to do and what not to do,” she said.
According to her, it has become mandatory for builders to involve the agency from the beginning of construction to the end to ensure that required specifications were followed, and ensure its quality, adding that every stage of construction must be certified.
She further stated that it has become mandatory that only registered artisans, such as plumbers, electricians, mason, and others are involved in building construction. Besides, she said contractors handling such project must provide insurance, not only for the building, but also for the workers, who may sustain injury.