The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) has urged engineers to report safety standard violations resulting in buildings collapse in the state.
LASBCA’s General Manager, Olalekan Shodeinde, made the appeal to Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN), which paid him a courtesy visit in Ikeja.
He tasked the engineers on whistle blowing, saying it provided an avenue to give government whatever information on any structure, be it construction or reconstruction, that is structurally defective.
Shodeinde urged engineers and concerned members of the public to call the agency’s toll free lines to give information of deviation from approved permits and approvals and other atrocities on sites capable of jeopardising safety.
He appealed to APWEN members to sensitise building professionals against shoddy deals that compromised safety and standard of buildings.
“We need floods of information. We need to get professionals to get the force behind materials to avoid safety reduction in construction,” he said.
He said that Lagos, with about two million households, was the only mega city growing horizontally instead of vertically.
According to him, developments in various parts of the state usually preceded governance such that hinterlands would have been built up without requisite building approvals and permits before government would get the information.
Involvement of engineers to expose atrocities in building sites, he said, was important for an all-inclusive fight against buildings collapse.
According to him, builders on sites often shun LASBCA’s advice and stressed the need for constant presence of professionals on construction sites.
He said that getting building permits and approvals was not expensive, adding that many developers deviated from approved plans to short change government, thereby, compromising safety.
APWEN National President, Mrs Felicia Agubata, and its state Chairperson, Mrs Laolu Adedapo-Aisida, took turns to share the visions of the association.
They said the association had embarked on career mentoring of more females into engineering in tertiary institutions to accelerate Nigeria’s technological advancement.