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BUILDING COLLAPSE: American engineers, Brickwall harp on professionalism

… holds safety summit

By Christopher Njoku

The American Society of Safety Engineers, ASSE, Nigeria Chapter, and Brickwall global investment limited have identified lack of professionalism as major cause of incessant building collapse in Nigeria, stressing the need for safety consciousness in projects implementations.

Speaking when he played host to the President and members of ASSE in Lagos, the Chief Executive Officer of Brickwall Global, Mr. Uche Ahubelem said his organisation was worried over the spate of building collapse in the country and was determined to find lasting solutions to the problem.

Ahubelem noted that his organisation was built on standard and professionalism even as he maintained that the company had recorded zero fatality in all of its operations.

Third from Left, Mr. Herbert Nwaka,President American Society of Safety Engineers ASSE, Mr. Uche Ahubelem CEO Brickwall global investment, and others.

According to him, “Ours is a company that believes in standard and professionalism. In Nigeria today, a lot of people find it very difficult to attain quality standard, some don’t even take some time to understand why certain things are done in a particular way. That is why building collapse is now rampant. There is no month that goes by without one incidence of building collapse or another.

“However, something has to be done to check the ugly trend. That is why we are partnering with relevant stakeholders in the industry to entrench professionalism. What we are doing is to let people understand that it is about saving lives. It’s about warning people about the dangers of cutting corners”.

While thanking the American engineers for their visit, the Brickwall boss disclosed that organisation was organising a global leadership summit on safety in March in Lagos, to discuss issues affecting the industry.

Responding, ASSE president, Mr Herbert Nwaka commended the management of Brickwall for making safety a priority in their operations and for the sponsorship of the forthcoming safety summit.

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