The Lagos Chapter of the Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers, NICE under leadership of Engr Lola Adetona in partnership with Lagos State Building Control Agency, Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory, LSMTL, Lagos Safety Commission, LSSC, and other agencies of the State Government has organised their annual walk for stability campaign which was intended to raise awareness on the safety, proper material selection in order to avoid needless loss of lives and properties.
Tagged “Stability WALK”, the campaign was taken across IKEJA and its environs with engineers and other volunteers engaging the citizens and stakeholders as part of the exercise.
The exercise started from the Lagos State Fire Service, Alausa Ikeja through Opebi Link Bridge, Allen Avenue, Obafemi-Awolowo Way, Ikeja among other areas within the axis, is in support of structural stability in building.
The General Manager of LASBCA, Engr. Abiola Kosegbe who addressed newsmen during the exercise said that the involvement of the professionals who are not government officials would help in cascading the message down to members of the public and other members of the profession.
She underscored the need for builders and other stakeholders to obtain necessary approvals before embarking on construction works, explaining that most of incidences of building collapse witnessed in recent time across the State were as a result of lack of building permits.
“LASBCA enjoins you to employ the services of professionals, ensure contractors have general contractor insurance, insist on certification of every stage of construction by professionals and maintain adequate setbacks and airspaces among others,” the General Manager stated.
The Director-General of Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr. Lanre Mojola described the coming together of the various government agencies with the Lagos State Chapter of NICE as a boost for the campaign for a safer Lagos.
He said that the agency is exploring all avenues to ensure the realization of the mandate of safety of lives and property given to the Commission by Mr. Governor.
Also speaking during the exercise, the General Manager of Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory, Engr. Lekan Ajani expressed the belief that there is better results in working together with relevant stakeholders in the built sector.
He opined that ensuring integrity of a building should not be limited to procuring standard and quality building materials alone but should also incorporate proper supervision and monitoring by certified professionals to ensure that buildings are built according to approvals.
National Vice Chairman of NICE, Tokunbo Ajanaku decried the rate of unprofessional practices among some quacks impersonating the genuine professionals in the built sector, stressing that members of the society must insist on patronizing certified professionals if the incidences of building collapsed must be addressed.
He said the various professionals in the built sector had realized the need to work together as a team because the lapses of any of the professionals in the chain of construction works can affect the overall objective of having a standard structure that can stand the test of time