Building Collapse: FG, states must enforce standards to save lives — Ahmed

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Farida Ahmed, Abuja Property Developer

An Abuja-based property developer, Ms Farida Ahmed, has called on the federal and state governments to enforce building codes to ensure all structures in the country conform to standards.

Speaking with newsmen in Abuja on Friday, Ahmed, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Premium Shelter, said that government must also begin to visibly prosecute those who have run foul of the code and whose structures had collapsed.

According to her, such enforcement and punishments will help to ensure that all other structures that would be built in Nigeria would follow standards.

She said that her company with its newly launched project, “The Oak” by Leptons Premium Shelter”, would always ensure that only standardised quality materials would be used in their construction.

She charged Nigerian home owners as well as developers to equally follow suit to ensure that the cases of incessant building collapse in Nigeria comes to an end.

“Nigerian government needs to pay more attention to the quality of materials that are being supplied across the country to build homes, offices and other infrastructure.

“One thing is clear at the moment, there is still a lot of Nigeria to be built because we are still a developing nation.

“This is why, standards need to be enforced across board to ensure that the homes and buildings that Nigerians are stepping into are structurally sound and can stand the test of time,” she said.

The Premium Shelter boss also lamented the many cases of building collapses across the nation, saying that her company would continue to be at the forefront of advocating for stringent measures to be taken against construction companies that utilise subpar products for their clients.

“I echo the sentiments of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who has called for stricter adherence to the national building code, and its domestication across all the 36 states of the nation.

“On our part, we will continue to ensure that we meet these standards, while also calling for the urgent prosecution of those that fail to do so, thereby, putting the lives of innocent Nigerians at risk.

“Moving forward, those of us in the real estate and property sectors must all ensure that we are accountable to our clients.

“On their part, the government must also ensure that it develops and adheres strictly to the town planning guidelines, instead of embarking on arbitrary allocation processes,” Ahmed said. (NAN)

– Sept. 25, 2020 @ 16:25 GMT |

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