By Kingsley Adegboye
Built environment experts have called for a thorough investigation of buildings around the scene of the Dana plane crash at Iju-Ishaga in order to determine their structural stability and fitness for habitation.
A former president, Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers, NISTRUCTE, a division of Nigerian Society of Engineers NSE, Mr. Kunle Adebajo said the vibration and effect of fire from the crashed plane on the surrounding buildings could have caused structural defects to the buildings, hence the appropriate authorities should carry out investigation of the buildings in the area to ascertain the extent of their damage.
Adebajo enjoined the government to liaise with structural engineers and other relevant professionals to carry out the investigations adding that such investigations are necessary to avert more loss of lives and properties.
Corroborating Adebajo’s views, Mr. Afolabi Adedeji, an engineer and Chief Executive Officer, Buildwell International Company Limited, a facility management outfit said the vibration and heat from fire that resulted from the crashed plane must have caused some structural defects on the surrounding buildings which were not designed to withstand such impacts.
He stated that structural survey of the buildings within the vicinity should be done to determine the impacts of the shock, vibration and heat from fire on the surrounding buildings. According to him, the structural survey should be within a radius of 200 metres from the ground. He added that engineers are the best professionals to carry out the structural survey.
Already, Lagos State Government has said it will conduct structural tests on buildings located around the scene to ascertain their fitness for habitation. Mr. Femi Oke –Osanyintolu, General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency LASEMA, who disclosed this at the site, added that after the clearing of debris at the site, the State Ministries of Environment and Health would fumigate the area to guide against epidemics.