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Cheap materials, cause of building collapse

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By Akintola Timothy

NATE points that these problems have immensely complicated building processes.

Over the last few months, there have been numerous cases of building collapse around the country. The frequency of these tragic occurrences, as well as its impact on the safety of many residents have caused raised concerns as to the causes of these recurrence. In February for instance, reports indicated that Lagos had experienced at least eight different building collapses under the watch of the state’s ex-commissioner for physical planning and urban development, Idris Salako. In 2021, a 21-story building which was still under construction in Ikoyi also collapsed, killing at least 40 persons.

In response to the recurring cases of building collapse, the leadership of the Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE) have pointed the use of inferior and cheap building materials as a major catalyst for building collapse in every corner of the country. The union also identified wrong design interpretations, lack of transparency, greed, enactment of plans approved for other constructions, nature of solid and structure. These problems, as the union noted, have immensely complicated the building processes in the country, putting the lives of numerous Nigerians at risk.

The union urged the FG to end the ugly HND and BSC disparity.

The Union made this observation known through a communique issued to reporters in Jalingo, Taraba State after its 38th Annual General Meeting in the state. The association also beseeched with the Federal Government to ensure the end of ugly disparity trend between the HND and BSC that was being implemented in the civil service. This communique was read by the president of the association, Dominic Udoatan, noted that the withdrawal of these practices would ensure that HND holders progress beyond level 14.

Per the communique, the union further made it known that this process had begun to barricade the immense anticipation of technological breakthrough in the country. They noted that this limitation was affecting the technological innovativeness among individuals in the country. The union also pointed that the process was continually killing the morale and skill set of most the workers which could have been geared towards bringing about a needed technological transformation that the country needs.

Ecological footprint of solid waste management recommended.

Also extensively discussing about the issue of climate change, global warming as well as the reclamation of desert, the union cautioned the citizens, urging them to distance themselves from such human activities that negatively impact the climate change. These activities such as poor public waste management, immense drought, scarcity of water, serious fire rising to sea levels, flooding, polar ice melting, catastrophic storms, the decline of biodiversity, amongst others.

The Union was also said to have recommended the ecological footprint of solid waste management as an obviously good paradigm for the minimization of the unstable human activities that causes global climate change. Also, the allegation noted their displeasure at the alleged relegation of engineers by the Federal Government. The Union indicated that every successful technological country worked in line with the activities of engineers, technologists, technicians and craftsman and as such, the country must harness these skills.

Ratio of engineers in the country currently at 1/1000.

On the low ratio of engineering personal of engineers in the country, estimated within the ratio of 1/1000. This ratio, they noted, will not cause any meaningful engineering infrastructures and technological development that the country required. The association however urged the Federal Government to try and create legitimate channels for engineers in the country to encourage local investors who had worked towards developing and inventing useful machines but in need of the necessary right of patents.


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Adeolastan
Adeolastan
1 year ago

Since the introduction of developers to the housing business in Nigeria,the rate at which buildings are collapsing is very alarming.Most of this developer use substandard products to build and bribe the people in those government agencies responsible to monitor the quality of material use to build.

jdpumping
jdpumping
1 year ago

Everything in Nigeria is just too fictitious from baked engineers to cheap materials been used to build houses that end up killing people and yet same is still ongoing around the country,I don’t blame them what of officials that are suppose to check out this buildings that end up collecting bribe instead of doi g heir jobs.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
1 year ago

We will keep have building collapse because there are corruption almost in every nook and cranny of Nigerian society coupled with low quality materials that is unchecked by the right government agency. It is well with this country

DimOla
DimOla
1 year ago

The cost of building materials are too expensive and that is what is driving developer, builder into buying low quality building materials to maximize profit thereby endangering the lives of people that will eventually occupy the building. The government agencies responsible for checking are not ready to check the quality of materials or are busy collecting bribe.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
1 year ago

Cheap materials, cause of building collapse. everything in Nigeria is very expensive. the government keep on fustrating us

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
1 year ago

Concerns about the causes of these terrible occurrences have been brought to the forefront as a result of the frequency with which they take place as well as the effect they have on the security of a large number of local citizens.

Bola12
Bola12
1 year ago

The leadership of the Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE) has responded to repeated incidences of building collapse by blaming the widespread use of subpar and inexpensive building materials.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
1 year ago

The union also claimed that the process was destroying the motivation and expertise of the majority of workers, who otherwise might have contributed to the technological revolution the country so desperately requires.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
1 year ago

Why wont cheaper material cause building collapsed because it is not strong and good for building while the strong and good material are expensive which people cannot afford that why they for for cheap one

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
1 year ago

The regularity with which these horrible events occur and the impact they have on the safety of a sizable portion of the local population have prompted serious questions regarding their origins.

theApr
theApr
1 year ago

Around the nation, there have been several instances of buildings collapsing. Concerns have been expressed due to the frequency of these catastrophic incidents and their effects on many residents’ safety. The government should see to ensuring production of durable building materials

Remi1
Remi1
1 year ago

Additionally, the union pointed out incorrect design interpretations, a lack of openness, greed, the implementation of plans already approved for other buildings, and the nature of solids and structures. The union observed that these issues have seriously hampered the nation’s construction procedures and put many Nigerians’ lives in danger.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
1 year ago

It’s wonderful that the association pleaded with the Federal Government to stop the discriminatory practice of favoring the BSC over the HND in government jobs.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
1 year ago

The union pointed to incorrect interpretations of the design, a lack of openness, greed, the implementation of plans that had previously been approved for other works, and the nature of the structure and the solid.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
1 year ago

Corruption at it again… The government agencies responsible for checking are not ready to check the quality of materials, they are busy collecting bribe even buyers this are after quantity these days..most especially a developer

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
1 year ago

These issues, as the union pointed out, have enormously hampered the building processes in the country, which puts the lives of a great number of Nigerians in danger.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
1 year ago

The union went on to make it public knowledge that this process had started to obstruct the enormous anticipation of a technological breakthrough in the country.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
1 year ago

The organization also warned its members and the general public against contributing to climate change by engaging in activities like building artificial islands in the ocean or reclaiming deserts.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
1 year ago

The ecological footprint of solid waste management is a suitable model for reducing the unpredictable human activities that lead to global climate change, thus the recommendation to apply it is welcome.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
1 year ago

Every advanced technical nation, according to the Union, coordinated its efforts with those of its engineers, technologists, technicians, and craftspeople.

Abusi
Abusi
1 year ago

I don’t know why we use cheap materials to build houses. It is the reason why the houses don’t stand well. Thus, there is always a collapse of building.

Christiana
Christiana
1 year ago

Given how frequently these tragedies occur and how they threaten the security of a substantial percentage of the local people, there have been serious inquiries into their causes.