Building collapse: Re-certify buildings on Lagos Island, surveyors urges

The Nigerian Institution of Surveyors has called for the re -certification and regularisation of buildings on Lagos Island .

Mr Adesina Adeleke, Chairman , Lagos Chapter of the Institution, made the call on Tuesday, at a news conference on “ Incessant Building Collapse in Lagos State’’ organised by the NIS .

According to Adeleke, almost all the structures within the area were built without the requisite approval plan or due regularisation from the government , and as a result , do not conform to the building specifications and standard of the location .

He urged every owner /developer in the state whose property was not covered by a valid building approval plan to regularise the property and ascertain the structural stability of their buildings.

Adeleke said that the regularisation and re -certification/ validation of the buildings were necessary to ensure they conform to the purposes they are being used for and building plan of the locality .

He said , “To prevent recurrence of building collapse , the institution has declared support for the state government ’ s decision to remove all the defective structures hitherto marked and served the necessary statutory notices.

“ In as much as we support the government to remove the earmarked buildings for demolition , we strongly advocate a re – certification process for buildings in designated parts of the state , particularly Lagos Island.

“ We discovered there is usually no geo – survey information , and where such information is available , it does not usually conform with the development earmarked for the land .

“ As – built survey should form part of the requirements for the re – certification process .

“ This is with a view of not just probing the structural integrity of buildings , but also to determine if the information contained in the building approval is adhered to in the development , ’’ Adeleke said .

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