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Professional Twist To Lekki Gardens Building Collapse by jeftalene(m): 11:33pm On Mar 18, 2016
LAGOS, which the state government considers as a work in progress mega-city, is not new to buildings collapse having recorded several tragedies in that regard in the past few years. Indeed Lagos has once again been in the news since Tuesday following the collapse of a five-storey building in the Lekki area of the state that claimed over 30 lives.

As with past building collapse tragedies, this recent chapter has expectedly elicited reactions bordering on grief, outrage and condemnations by members of the public while the state government had responded with punitive action by sanctioning the contractor which handled the building construction on behalf of Lekki Gardens, the property owners.

Obviously outraged at the high toll in lives lost, the Lagos State government had vowed to bring all those responsible for the tragedy to book.
Meantime, built environment professionals have reacted to the tragic development by saying that lack of due process, due diligence as well as usage of sub-standard building materials could have been responsible for the collapse.

Stable structure

Indeed, the professionals believed the tragedy could have been avoided as the building had been sealed earlier by the Lagos State Building Control Agency.

The vice chairman, Nigerian Institute of Building, Lagos chapter, Adelaja Adekanbi blamed the owners of the collapsed Lekki building who he accused as having unprofessionally added the last two floors of the building.

According to the professional builder, the builders failed to put up a stable structure. “All the work that has been done here is nothing to write home about; it is work that was done under no supervision, under no professional engineer or builder.

“Let them bring the engineer or builder that is involved in the construction. The first two building here, I was involved in it; I taught them what to do. They wanted to raise two floors and they did a piling of six metres for this kind of structure so the structural stability is failure and where we are standing, if you don’t know, was purely water two years ago.

“Imagine someone building on water and doing a piling of six metres for a seven-storeyed building. I recommend to Lagos state government that every building here painted or not, should be tested. This house we are looking at should also be pulled down in a week. If not, we are looking for another trouble. At this point, I recommend that every house here should be tested to ascertain the structural stability because I don’t think they are habitable”, Adekanbi said

Standard materials

For the president of the Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers, a division of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE, Oreoluwa Fadayomi, although it is too early to explain the cause of the collapse because investigations are still ongoing, however if due process, due diligence and standard materials were used during the construction, the collapse wouldn’t have happened.

According to him, a combination of design and construction supervision could have been responsible for the collapse, adding no one is certain about quality control applied by the firm which constructed the building on behalf of Lekki Gardens. “But if due process was adhered to, by using the services of built environment professionals and adhering strictly to due diligence, the collapse would not have happened”, he noted.

Speaking in a similar vein, Mr. Kunle Awobodu, president, Building Collapse Prevention Guild, BCPG, and a former chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Building, NIOB, said due process was not followed during the construction of the property, as built environment professionals were not engaged by the developers and promoters of Lekki Gardens, owners of the collapse structure, just as due diligence was not applied in the construction process of the project.



Awobodu who stated that standard should have been introduced right from the beginning of the project to the end while monitoring from stage to stage was equally neglected, said a six-storey building on reclaimed land will no go through normal, insisting that Lagos state Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development would have given the developers of the project approval on a six-storey building project on a reclaimed land. He said approval was given for three-storey building by Lagos state Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban development, but the developers raised the structure to six-storey building.

Substandard houses

“The fact that we are in dire need of housing does not mean that we should build shoddy or substandard houses. Professionals should be engaged to play necessary roles in the built environment sector,” he said.

A statement by Lagos state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, said the preliminary reports and investigation by the state revealed that the collapsed building was served contravention notice for exceeding the approved floors and thereafter sealed by the Lagos State Building Control Agency.

It added that it has also been discovered that in a brazen act of defiance and impunity, the owners of the building, Messrs Lekki Worldwide Estate Limited, the promoters of Lekki Gardens, criminally unsealed the property and continued building beyond the approved floors until the unfortunate incident of Tuesday which has led to loss of lives.

The statement added that arising from the Lagos State Executive Council meeting decision on Wednesday, the State Government will no longer tolerate the action of unscrupulous owners and builders who challenge its supervisory control thereby endangering the lives of Lagosians. The State Government has consequently directed the suspension of work at the site and ordered the Lagos State Police Command to cordon it off as it is now a crime scene.

The government also directed further integrity tests be carried out on every other construction project which has or is currently being handled by Messrs Lekki Worldwide Estate Limited in the interest of public safety. Furthermore, the release quoted the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode as saying that all directors of Lekki Worldwide Estate Limited are strongly advised to submit themselves to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police within the next twenty four hours in their own interest or face immediate arrest.

The statement also commended the timely response and remarkable intervention by the combined men of the Lagos State Emergency Authority (LASEMA), the Lagos State Fire Service, Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS), Red Cross, National Emergency Agency (NEMA), Lagos State Building Control Agency and the Rapid Response Squad (RRS).

Construction regulations

The Lagos State Government also warned that it will no longer be business as usual stating that any developer either on existing or new building projects who fails to comply with building and construction regulations or attempts to subvert the law will henceforth face criminal prosecution.

Meanwhile, an Ebute Metta Magistrate court in Lagos has ordered that the Managing Director of Lekki Garden Homes, Richard Nyong and the contractor Taiwo Odofin involved in the construction of the collapsed building be held in police custody until investigation into the building collapse is completed.


http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/03/lekki-building-collapse-the-tragedy-could-have-been-avoided-experts/

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Re: Professional Twist To Lekki Gardens Building Collapse by jeftalene(m): 11:37pm On Mar 18, 2016
'If building projects were considered more as
products than just services with contractors made
to issue warranties for stability, durability and
efficiency up to 40 years, building collapse would
become a thing of the past'
Engr. Osaz' Enobakhare
(Castles Weekly)

Issuing warranties by contractors can largely help
to exonerate building owner/developers from
being adjudged as complicit in event of a building
collapse as it naturally transfers the bulk of the
burden of defense to the contractor if a collapse
occur within the warranty period.

Likewise understanding the implication of issuing
a warranty makes it almost impossible for any
serious contractor to promote sharp practices
during the construction process. This would in
turn save lives and properties going forward.

I recently rejected an offer to carry out a
structural design of a proposed shopping complex
in Lekki because the project consultant insisted
that I carry out the structural design without first
conducting a soil test.

I probably turned down millions to save more
millions!

#Dotherightthing

For Project Advisory;
Building, road and Infrastructure projects.
E-mail: engineerosaz@gmail.com
Call/Whatsapp: Engr. Osaz on 08167394799
Heavens Contractors Ltd

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Re: Professional Twist To Lekki Gardens Building Collapse by sephryneyo(m): 11:44pm On Mar 18, 2016
Until we start putin right professionals in every sector that is when we can move forward

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Re: Professional Twist To Lekki Gardens Building Collapse by jeftalene(m): 9:02am On Mar 19, 2016
cool
Re: Professional Twist To Lekki Gardens Building Collapse by AyamConfidence(m): 9:13am On Mar 19, 2016
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Re: Professional Twist To Lekki Gardens Building Collapse by Sijo01(f): 9:15am On Mar 19, 2016
sephryneyo:
Until we start putin right professionals in
every sector that is when we can move forward

Gbam! Just imagine a SAN as a Minister of power, works and housing. Too bad.

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Re: Professional Twist To Lekki Gardens Building Collapse by DaVinChiSam(m): 9:15am On Mar 19, 2016
Interesting
Re: Professional Twist To Lekki Gardens Building Collapse by youngwarlocks: 9:16am On Mar 19, 2016
That is what happens when u sacrifice/minimize quality in order the maximize your pocket or acct.

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Re: Professional Twist To Lekki Gardens Building Collapse by adesegun121(m): 9:16am On Mar 19, 2016
Okay
Re: Professional Twist To Lekki Gardens Building Collapse by hola106(m): 9:16am On Mar 19, 2016
Ok
Re: Professional Twist To Lekki Gardens Building Collapse by Ximonak: 9:18am On Mar 19, 2016
Sijo01:


Gbam! Just imagine a SAN as a Minister of power, works and housing. Too bad.

Gbam Gbam
When we get in at the top, the rest will follow.
Leadership is everything

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Re: Professional Twist To Lekki Gardens Building Collapse by Lacomus(m): 9:18am On Mar 19, 2016
9ja !
Re: Professional Twist To Lekki Gardens Building Collapse by jamesbanjo(m): 9:18am On Mar 19, 2016
Why wont building collapse...

When dey wil use a lawyer as minister of INFRASTRUCTURE

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Re: Professional Twist To Lekki Gardens Building Collapse by amtaken(f): 9:18am On Mar 19, 2016
If Doctors and other medical personnels take care of the sick, lawyers adjudicate for people in court, teachers teach pupils and students, why then do we leave building and construction works in the hands of quacks instead of civil engineers and architects?




Let's think about this please.

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Re: Professional Twist To Lekki Gardens Building Collapse by Toeyoursea(m): 9:19am On Mar 19, 2016
Sijo01:

Gbam! Just imagine a SAN as a Minister of power, works and housing. Too bad.

Nigerians are well schooled but mostly lack knowledge. I though a minister is an administrative position until I came to nairaland.

1. Fashola is unarguably the second best administrator (after Donald Duke) since 1999.
2. Over the years, Engineers have been minister for power without result; may be an administrator with legal background should try.
3. As governor of Lagos, he used independent power units to power general hospitals, state house and other establishments (e.g. city hall)
4. As governor of Lagos, he generated over 100 mega watts of power under restrictions from Federal government.
5. Fashola is eloquent and his oratory skill are appreciable.

Egbon Sijo01, if you want his job; go and collect it.

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Re: Professional Twist To Lekki Gardens Building Collapse by jaybiz007(m): 9:21am On Mar 19, 2016
amtaken:
If Doctors and other medical personnels take care of the sick, lawyers adjudicate for people in court, teachers teach pupils and students, why then do we leave building and construction works in the hands of quacks instead of civil engineers and architects?
Let's think about this please.
You couldn't have said it better my lady. Our people always compromise quality for cheap construction, whereas engineering is basically about applying the most efficient, economic and safe solutions to engineering problems or tasks.
An engineering flaw always leads to enormous loss of lives and properties. Always consult a professional!
Re: Professional Twist To Lekki Gardens Building Collapse by Nobody: 9:21am On Mar 19, 2016
Builders, architects and engineers, what say you?

That building control agency no dey test anything. They just go about collecting egunje

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Re: Professional Twist To Lekki Gardens Building Collapse by texazzpete(m): 9:23am On Mar 19, 2016
Sijo01:


Gbam! Just imagine a SAN as a Minister of power, works and housing. Too bad.

This same SAN governed a highly populated mega city for eight years... And his competence was never questioned.

At some point, Bros, it is Good to put some thought into what you want to say before spewing it out in the public domain and inviting ridicule.

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Re: Professional Twist To Lekki Gardens Building Collapse by Lexusgs430: 9:26am On Mar 19, 2016
Or having a hair dresser, has speaker of the house!!!
Re: Professional Twist To Lekki Gardens Building Collapse by rawtouch: 9:27am On Mar 19, 2016
The government is also to blame
Re: Professional Twist To Lekki Gardens Building Collapse by Toeyoursea(m): 9:28am On Mar 19, 2016
Lexusgs430:
Or having a hair dresser, has speaker of the house!!!

I am happy to tell you nothing is constitutionally and morally wrong for a hair dresser to be the speaker and represent or lead her (his) people

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Re: Professional Twist To Lekki Gardens Building Collapse by Nobody: 9:28am On Mar 19, 2016
Sijo01:


Gbam! Just imagine a SAN as a Minister of power, works and housing. Too bad.
stop being an illiterate and try to reason for once.

so long there's no school where one can study to bag a degree in governorship, anyone can become governor of a state so long other requirements are met. Since Fashola, a SAN, became governor, he was exposed to what made him become a technocrat.

A technocrat is someone that has a case knowledge of industries.

technocrats are whom they make ministers in any sector. If fashola could perform in lagos and succeeded in all sectors of the state which included power, housing and works, then why do you think he is a misfit for the ministerial role?

remember, he was once commissioner for works in lagos state and works is now part of his duty at the federal level.

you must be an iPod to have reasoned so low.

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Re: Professional Twist To Lekki Gardens Building Collapse by 4nobody4every1: 9:28am On Mar 19, 2016
angry sad
Re: Professional Twist To Lekki Gardens Building Collapse by victorazy(m): 9:30am On Mar 19, 2016
Sijo01:


Gbam! Just imagine a SAN as a Minister of power, works and housing. Too bad.

Na so one yeye QS man was commanding me, an architect on what to do, where to put my windows because he works with FCDA in Abuja. "Isorite"

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Re: Professional Twist To Lekki Gardens Building Collapse by princeFAD: 9:31am On Mar 19, 2016
texazzpete:


This same SAN governed a highly populated mega city for eight years... And his competence was never questioned.

At some point, Bros, it is Good to put some thought into what you want to say before spewing it out in the public domain and inviting ridicule.

Seconded
Re: Professional Twist To Lekki Gardens Building Collapse by brandymcmb: 9:33am On Mar 19, 2016
We are too focused on money in this country, until this perception changes we have a rather long way to go
Re: Professional Twist To Lekki Gardens Building Collapse by Lexusgs430: 9:33am On Mar 19, 2016
Toeyoursea:


I am happy to tell you nothing is constitutionally and morally wrong for a hair dresser to be the speaker and represent or lead her (his) people

I agree with you. But why not put the right professionals, in the right positions?
So they at least have an idea of the portfolio they are carrying around !!!

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Re: Professional Twist To Lekki Gardens Building Collapse by Timoleon(m): 9:34am On Mar 19, 2016
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Re: Professional Twist To Lekki Gardens Building Collapse by tivta(m): 9:34am On Mar 19, 2016
texazzpete:


This same SAN governed a highly populated mega city for eight years... And his competence was never questioned.

At some point, Bros, it is Good to put some thought into what you want to say before spewing it out in the public domain and inviting ridicule.

There is a big difference between being a governor and a minister, since he performed so well why isn't he also the minister of health? Do you go to a lawyer when you are sick?

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Re: Professional Twist To Lekki Gardens Building Collapse by truthspeaks: 9:35am On Mar 19, 2016
Ok
Re: Professional Twist To Lekki Gardens Building Collapse by victorazy(m): 9:36am On Mar 19, 2016
texazzpete:


This same SAN governed a highly populated mega city for eight years... And his competence was never questioned.

At some point, Bros, it is Good to put some thought into what you want to say before spewing it out in the public domain and inviting ridicule.

Bros! I think handling a sensitive possition like building sector is more allergic to proffessionalism than just governing a place. What degree should I require to be a governor, and how many our dear president bagged? Just asking sha undecided

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Re: Professional Twist To Lekki Gardens Building Collapse by thefakestan: 9:48am On Mar 19, 2016
Twisting

RIP

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