Three months enough to audit all houses in Lagos- expert


A town planning consultant, Mr Makinde Ogunleye, has called for a
comprehensive auditing of all new and old buildings in Lagos State to
curb the menace of incessant building collapse.
Ogunleye, a former Chairman, Nigeria Institute of Town Planners
(NITP), Lagos State Branch, made the call in Lagos.
He urged the state government to urgently embark on the building audit
to enable it to take appropriate steps to avert the collapse of
distressed buildings.
According to him, the majority of collapsed buildings in the state
were dilapidated.
“Audit of building is all about conducting an integrity test on a
building, to ascertain the stability of the structure. It will reveals
the structural capacity of a building, giving the signs of
dilapidation,” he said.
Ogunleye said that audit of all buildings in the state would not take
more than three months to be completed, if the government could be
proactive about it.
“After the audit, an immediate removal of all identified non-remedial
distressed buildings, as well as structures blocking access and
drainage alignment, must follow,” he said.
Ogunleye also advised the state government and residents of the state
to develop maintenance culture of the buildings, saying that poor
maintenance could lead to early collapse of buildings.
“If Lagosians can ensure proper maintenance and servicing of their
buildings, the issue of building collapse will be curtailed,” he

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