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APBN tasks guild on preventing building collapse



APBN tasks guild on preventing building collapse

Mr. Akin Oyegbola, President of the Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria (APBN) has advised the Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG) to reposition itself to collaborate with governments to address the threat of building collapse.

Oyegbola said this during the 2022 Biennial General Assembly and the elections of the new executives of the BCPG Lakes and National Chapter in Ikeja on Thursday.

He urged the union to take urgent action to ensure that regulatory agencies enforce construction laws.

He emphasized the need for synergy among the seven built environment professionals to educate Nigerians on the need to hire the right experts at various stages of construction.

Oyegbola also stressed the need for a better working relationship between professional bodies where functions overlap in order to be able to confine themselves to their main areas of expertise.

He praised the guild‘s efforts to build the capacity of its members, but lamented the group’s inability to prevent the collapse of the building.

He cited the 21-story building that collapsed on Gerrard Road in Ikoyi on November 1, 2021 as an example of low success and recurring building collapse.

He added that the guild joined the rescue efforts when it should have prevented the incident.

“The union seemed to be more visible and effective during rescue and evacuation exercises at the collapse site than in preventing the building from collapsing.

“What makes the guild original and unique is the fact that it has embarked on the path of preventing building collapse.

“The union is still a long way from realizing its stated goals in this regard,” he said.

He said professionals need to address the causes of building collapses so they don’t have to expend energy on investigations.

He assured that the APBN will continuously play its role in ensuring a harmonious relationship between professional bodies while addressing various challenges.

Outgoing BCPG chairman George Akinola said a building collapse had affected Nigeria’s image.

Akinola said the BCPG was seeking alliances with Nigerian states to stem the ugly trend, but he lamented that the Lagos state government had been “paying lip service” about efforts to achieve effective collaboration.

He thanked the Ogun government that had begun a collaboration with the guild on policies to curb the threat.

He added that Akwa Ibom was also taking steps to partner with the guild.

Mr. Kunle Awobodu, founder and pioneering chairman of BCPG, formed in 2011, the guild was determined to weed out the charlatans responsible for most of the violations leading to building collapses.

Awobodu called for sustainability in partnerships and transparency on the part of governments in the fight to avoid collapse.

The outgoing Secretary General (BCPG), Mr. Ime Udo, said that in the last three years building collapses have been on the rise across the country, with Lagos State leading the way.

The newly elected president of BCPG, Mr. Eddy Atumonyogo, asked for the support of all members.

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