The Lagos state government has disclosed that it had engaged atleast 115 certified engineers and other relevant professionals to stem persistent cases of collapse building in the state.
It added that their employment would assist the state government’s quest to address incidences of collapse building and ensure compliance with relevant building laws.
Commissioner for Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Wasiu Anifowoshe, who disclosed their employment during an induction programme organised for newly deployed staff of the Lagos State Material Testing Laboratory (LSMTL), added that the state government is better prepared to nip cases of collapsed building in the bud.
Anifowoshe hinted that newly recruited officers were professionals drawn from different field of study comprising of geologist, quantity surveyors, architect, chemical engineer, building officers, civil engineer, and mechanics, among others.
He described the deployment of the new officers as a way of creating gainful employment for the citizens, even as he underscores the determination of the present administration to further guarantee safety of all residents of the State and prevent avoidable deaths.
Anifowoshe attributed the spate of collapsed buildings experienced in the state in recent to the engagement of quacks in construction works, use of substandard building materials by property developers, poor sensitization on the importance of undertaking material testing in building and civil engineering construction.
He called on affected professional bodies to be more alive to their responsibilities in ensuring that their members perform their duties in line with their guiding code of conduct, adding that efforts being put in place by the state government to ensure compliance with building laws must be complemented by the professional bodies as well.
While urging the newly recruited staff to comport themselves professionally in the discharge of their duties without compromise, Anifowoshe noted that the induction programme will allow participants to be familiar with the rules guiding their engagement as well as the expectations of the State Government from them
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Boladele Dapo-Thomas, who was represented by the Acting General Manager of LSMTL, Olalekan Ajani, restated the position of the state government to zero-tolerance to building collapse in Lagos State.
She urged the inductees to help curb the incidences of building collapse and civil engineering infrastructure by carrying out appropriate and required test on all building materials used in the “building and construction industry” for quality assurance.
“Be reminded of the Mission Statement of this Agency which is ‘to establish a system that will prevent distress on building and civil engineering infrastructure through quality materials assurance mechanism’
The Permanent Secretary lauded the effort of the state government at ensuring the re-emergence and re-positioning of Lagos State Material Testing Laboratory to meet the challenges of a smart city that Lagos has become.