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Hike in construction materials may increase building collapse — BCPG



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The Building Collapse Prevention Guild BCPG has expressed concern that the continuous rise in the prices of building materials may lead to an increase in the use of substandard goods, exacerbating building collapse in the country.

The National President of BCPG, Sulaimon Yusuf, stated this during the BCPG Lagos State chapter sensitisation walks, themed “Walking towards Zero Building Collapses,” held in Lagos recently.

He said, “The expected rise in the cost of building materials such as cement, fittings, and even wages for artisans and professionals in the built environment would eventually have a ripple effect that would see a further proliferation of substandard goods as more builders seek to cut cost by all means and an increase in the patronage of quack professionals and untrained artisans.

“The effects of these emerging menaces may not be felt immediately, but in three to four years, we may begin to see even more building collapses.

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This sensitisation walk is, therefore, an opportunity to bring this emerging challenge to our attention and is also a call to action.

“The Ministry of Physical Planning and the Office of Urban Development have strong roles to play.

They must double their efforts in ensuring that building standards are kept by all builders and must begin to fund research or operationalize the results of previous research on local building materials.”

According to the National President of BCPG Yusuf, it has become necessary to look inward to reduce the effects of a depreciating naira.

“The Standard Organisation of Nigeria also must take extra care in ensuring that only quality building materials are on the market. We must have a hard line on this,” he advised.

Yusuf emphasised that the plummeting value of the naira , reaching nearly N1,500 against the dollar within six-month would result in a continuous escalation of building material prices.

He stated, “The government must train even more artisans and professionals in the built environment.


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It is my strong opinion that each local government area must have at least one training school where youths can get trained and become skilled in different areas of the built industry.

“Also, special scholarships should be provided for students offering courses in the built environment to encourage more of them to participate effectively.

The youth must be encouraged to know that they do not need to ‘japa’ or turn to a life of crime to become successful in life.

“Regulatory fees should also be reviewed, as the government is advised to see the Ministry of Physical Planning and the Office of Urban Development as agencies for regulation and not revenue generation.”