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The Building Collapse Prevention Guild(BCPG) has challenged the government and other professional bodies to train artisans as a means of preventing more building collapses in Nigeria.
The Prevention Guild has pointed out that adequate training of artisans is part of the efforts to reduce building collapse.
The chairman of the Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG) in Ogun state, Engineer Olusegun Joseph Sogbetun, at a workshop held in the state’s Capital, Abeokuta disclosed to pressmen that building collapse is a result of engaging non-professionals in building design and construction implementation.
He explained that “there are quite numerous causes of building collapse, but it’s a result of the engagement of non-professionals in the design, construction implementation. If you engage qualified professionals, we would not have this issue of building collapse ”
Sogbetun also revealed that BCPG, in an attempt to avoid “the embarrassment of building collapse”, is structured to offer free services.
That embarrassment we don’t want it. That’s why we put up this association to start offering free professional advice to people and the government on the way they should be doing the construction activities.”, he added.
The engineer further explained that the collapse of buildings is a menace that is ‘terrorizing lives and properties.
The building expert also stated that to prevent further collapse of buildings, the government should redouble its effort on both on and off-site inspections.