By Ejiro Zainab Owhoka
As the rainy season commences, developers and building contractors in the Lagos State have again been advised to build right and employ the services of qualified professionals in the construction industry to supervise their works and test their materials before putting them to use.
The state Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, TPL Toyin Ayinde, gave this advice on Thursday in his office. According to him, “it is pertinent to advise developers at this time against using sub-standard construction materials capable of bringing about a collapse.
Ayinde noted that builders tend to rush construction work during this dry period to beat the rainy season thereby neglecting to do the needful.
He encouraged them to seek advice from the ministry or its agency, the Lagos State Building Control Agency, on what to do.
He recalled that in 2013, one of the five recorded incident of collapses was as a result of the use of sub-standard building materials.
He equally reminded the professionals amongst the developers that they stand the risk of being reported to their professional bodies for appropriate sanctions for any sharp practices perpetrated especially in the area of collusion with property owners or contractors.
He urged developers to display conspicuously a project board on site which should include the following details: Name of Applicant, Plan Registration Number/ Date, Plan Approval Number/Date, Site Location, Supervising Engineer, Supervising Architect, Start Date, Due Date and Contractor’s Name.
He therefore appealed to the general public to promptly call the attention of the Ministry or LASBCA, to any illegal construction or defective structure in their vicinity especially when they may lead to incidence of collapse that could be fatal and regrettable.
According to him, “government cannot do it alone, rather it is the responsibility of every Lagosian to be aware of their environment and contribute their own quota to ensuring a safe and livable city”.