By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said that cases of collapsed building should be investigated, culprits prosecuted and punished.
He explained that, this will curtail the incessant occurrence and protect lives and property.
Fashola made the disclosure recently,when a delegation of the National Building Code Advisory Committee visited him in Abuja to update him on the activities of the committee.
He minister said the committee should come up with measures that would ensure that people who were involved in erecting buildings that collapsed were investigated, prosecuted and punished to send a message that people could be held accountable for their action.
“The ugly incident kept recurring because nobody had been punished and made an example of wrong doing.
“After every unfortunate incident somebody has not been prosecuted.To show that people are answerable when they do not comply with laws.
“There must be consequences for the lives lost and property destroyed, so you do it at your own peril so that a lesson would be learnt and this is how we can protect our people”,Fashola said.
He pointed out that “If cases were been investigated to a conclusive end and findings were made and culprits brought to book and punished to the knowledge of all the trend will end”.
The minister commended the committee on their work on Liquefied Petroleum Gas Piping to homes, saying that it would contribute to energy generation for the country and ultimately eliminate the era of gas flaring.
The minister said that it would enable many people that fear that gas was unsafe to use it and therefore, boost the economy.
Earlier, the Chairman of the committee, Mr Mohammed Fawaraja said the draft guidelines on the inclusion of liquefied petroleum gas piping in construction of houses into the Nigerian National Building Code has been produced and reviewed by the committee.
He added that the committee monitored new development with regards to policies, programmes and happenings as they concern building, construction nationwide.
Fawaraja said this was to keep members conversant with recent building activities within Nigeria and at the international level to facilitate quality contributions in the discharge of the committee’s assignment.
The chairman noted that the information gathered was helpful in making provision in the building code in the future having noted that Nigeria was prone to seismic challenges.
It would be recalled that the committee was inaugurated on July 26, 2018 to provide national instrument with guidelines for regulating the building construction across the country.