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IAs a way of deepening the message of building right with appropriate approvals, The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) in partnership with the Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Civil Engineers (NICE), Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory (LSMTL), and Lagos Safety Commission (LSSC), embarked on the “Walk for Stability” across Ikeja and its environs.

The “Walk for Stability”, which started from the Lagos State Fire Service, Alausa Ikeja through Opebi Link Bridge, Allen Avenue, Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja among other areas within the axis, was held to draw attention to the need to ensure structural stability in buildings in order to avoid needless loss of lives and property.

The General Manager of LASBCA, Mrs. Abiola Kosegbe, who addressed newsmen during the exercise said that the involvement of all stakeholders in the exercise would help in cascading the message down to members of the public, property developers and all other professionals involved in building construction.

She underscored the need for builders and other stakeholders to obtain necessary approvals before embarking on construction works, explaining that most incidents of building collapse witnessed in recent times across the state was as a result of the lack of professional supervision.

The Director-General of Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr. Lanre Mojola described the coming together of the various government agencies with the Lagos State Chapter of NICE as a boost for the campaign for a safer Lagos.

He said that the agency is exploring all avenues to ensure the realisation of its mandate for the safety of lives and property.

Also speaking during the exercise, the General Manager of Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory, Lekan Ajani expressed the belief that there are better results in working together with relevant stakeholders in the built sector.

He opined that ensuring the integrity of a building should not be limited to procuring standard and quality building materials alone but should also, incorporate proper supervision and monitoring by certified professionals to ensure that buildings are built according to approvals.

The National Vice Chairman of NICE, Tokunbo Ajanaku decried the rate of unprofessional practices among some quacks impersonating the genuine professionals in the built sector, stressing that members of the society must insist on patronising certified professionals if the issue of building collapse must be addressed.

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