By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI) has handedover the report of its committee on the recent building collapse in Jabi, Abuja to the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) .
The report which was received by the COREN president, Engr. Kashim Ali in his office during a meeting with heads of all relevant professional regulatory bodies, including the development control wing of the Federal Capital Development Authority for scrutiny and discussion among the stakeholders with prime aim of finding lasting solution human error based building collapse.
Peoples Daily recall that the incident happened in July this year, this lead NBRRI immediately to set up an investigation committee to look into the remote causes and make recommendations.
Consequently, Engr Ali who expressed unreserved regret over the incident said, “In the last few years we have been dealing with the issue of building collapse, and when we thought we have advanced beyond that level of recording building collapse due to human error, this painful happened.”
The COREN Boss assured that recommendations from the report and the meeting will be implemented fully in due course, adding that it will be mandatory for all buildings of engineering standard are handled by certified registered engineers across the country, even at the local level.
Mean while, the DG/CEO, NBRRI, Engr Danladi Matawal said that the findings in the report fingered very shoddy implementation at site, substandard material, shallow debt of foundation, wrong sizes of members which were not suitable for the design.
“What we are trying to do at this meeting is to take monitoring even to the grassroots, so that it is not only urban focused.
“But we would like to appeal to Nigerians to ensure that every step taken on their building right from design be monitored by certified competent professionals,” he said, adding that those found culpable in the Jabi collapse will be sanctioned accordingly.