The Federal Capital Territory Administration through its Development Control Department, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council says it is set to conduct intensive integrity test on all abandoned buildings in the territory.
Director, Department of Development Control, Malam Murkta Galadima, who made this known to news men during Builders stakeholders meeting in Abuja, said this would help to reduce incessant cases of building collapse .
The professional builders stakeholders meeting brought together Architects, Builders, Engineers and Town planners to chat a way forward on how incidence of building collapse could be minimised in the ccountry.
Speaking on what the FCT Administration was doing to address building collapse in the territory, Malam Galadima said the Abuja Metropolitan Council had identified six hundred and fifty three abandoned buildings that would be subjected to integrity test to ensure the safety of lives and property.
According to the Development Control Department Boss, any of these structures that did not meet the requisite criteria would be removed for safety purposes.
He said the department had concluded plans to engage consultants to conduct integrity tests on the structures to determine their stability or otherwise.
His words:”We want to be more proactive; we don’t have to wait to be caught napping, that is why we had to call the consultants and other stakeholders, so that we can have discussions and strategise on how to prevent structural failure, otherwise known as building collapse…But those that are within the range of our remedial measures, we will make necessary recommendations. Galadima stressed.
On her part, Deputy Registrar, Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria, Oyeteju Janet Shehu, stressed the need for the seven professionals in the building industry to be engaged to carry out their duties without cutting corners.
She said: “To mitigate the issue of building collapse, there is need for stakeholders especially the seven professionals in the built industry to identify our job functions, because each of these professionals have their job roles…And if all of us stay within the ambit of our designated job description, part of the problem will be half solved.”
Also contributing, the representative of Council of Registered Engineers of Nigeria, COREN, Ben-Osy Okoh, described the meeting with the built industry stakeholders as a step in the right direction.
Most of the stakeholders were of the opinion that engaging professionals and maintaining standards, would go a long way in curbing incessant building collapse in the territory and the country at large.