By Emma Elebeke
THE increasing cases of building collapse in the country has been attributed to poor lightning protection system. Managing Director of ATNIG Lightening Protection Technologies, Mr. Babalola Olusanya disclosed this during a media parley organized by the company in Lagos.
Olusanya said that recent investigations have proved that incessant cases of building collapse in Nigeria have direct link with effects of lightning strikes rather than structural defects popularly believed by many people. He described lightning as a natural phenomena with horrendous consequences on the environment and especially on tall buildings.
The ATNIG boss further explained that lightning stroke is accompanied by a number of effects that can have damaging effects on infrastructural equipments and building structures, which according to him has made lightening protection imperative for every building in Nigeria.
“In a world where buildings and equipment become more complex, lightning is a permanent danger. A strike can damage buildings and produce failures in the electronic equipment and besides it can cause fire and serious economic losses”.
Making direct references to various occasions where the authorities’ investigations on collapsed structures had been inconclusive, the ATNIG boss explained that due to ignorance in certain quarters, lightening is seldom identified as the culprit, even though the natural phenomena has the most destructive capabilities.