Society of Engineers seeks Govts collaboration to end building collapse

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By: Joy Odor/ Kaduna

The issues of building collapse will soon become a thing of the past if Governments collaborate with the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) to stop the activities of quacks in the system.

The Chairman Kaduna State Branch of the Society, Engineer Abdulrasheed Babalola stated this in a press conference to unveil the 2017 Engineering Week program on Monday.

The programs include Sunday prayer to various praying grounds, Press conference, Symposium with the topic: Harmonizing the Contributions of Engineers in the Academic, Public and Private Sectors for the Advancement of Engineering, industrial visit to OLAM Farms, 2017 KADA EXPO and Friday prayer among others.

“I encourage the Federal and State Governments to patronized Nigerian Engineers by engaging them  on road constructions, offices and houses”.

The Chairman stated that at a recent roundtable discussion with Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Agency, (KASUPDA), a regulatory body for building industry in the state, NSE was given the opportunity to participate in the review of the operations manual.

“Anything from one floor has to be a requirement of KASUPDA, that citizens must consult a neighbourhood engineer who will be the one responsible for any challenge that may be faced by such building in future. This is the position of NSE in the state.

“If this is considered by the State Government and NSE is given the opportunity, I assure residents of the state that the issue of building collapse is going to become history.

“We have lots of solutions put on the table and we are also interested in discussing it with Governor Nasir El-Rufai, if given the opportunity to see him on Thursday,” he said.

Speaking also on the issue of flooding in Nigeria, Engr Babalola said in recent times there has been flooding everywhere in the country; adding that floods are among the most devastating natural disasters in the world claiming more lives and causing more property damages than anyone would ever imagine.

He informed that 20 per cent of Nigeria’s population is at risk from one form of flooding or another, lamenting that few weeks ago, Kogi, Nassarawa, Lagos, Benue, Bayelsa states and very recently Kaduna state have experienced flooding.

“This is a menace to our society and that is why engineers haven walked between the line and all the expertise on this area have come up with a position documents,” he said.

He was of the opinion that flooding are caused by the combination of both natural and human activities which include; climate change with intense rainfall, typography of the area, urbanization and population growth, poor environmental management.

Others are poor urban planning, heavy rain fall, high tidal waves coastal lands, sloppy areas, global warning, dams and reservoir, blocking of water ways, inadequate waste disposal mechanism, lack of proper structural plan, non-challant attitude and inadequate monitoring and enforcement by authorities among others.

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