WHAT ARE THE SOLUTIONS TO BUILDING COLLAPSE INCIDENCES IN NIGERIA?

The pursuit of shelter for all mankind and his activities has always been a paramount issue.

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6/2/2022 2 min read

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WHAT ARE THE SOLUTIONS TO BUILDING COLLAPSE INCIDENCES IN NIGERIA?

The pursuit of shelter for all mankind and his activities has always been a paramount issue. Housing is widely ranked among the most critical factors that determine the quality of life, culture and welfare of a people. It is critical to meeting the social, cultural, economic and environmental needs of people and influences the well being, health and security of both the present and future generation. The question of housing is of paramount concern to governments across the globe.

Building collapses are not uncommon in Nigeria. According to experts, hundreds of buildings have collapsed in the country over the last decade. Building collapse refers to the failure of the structure or the component. The failure of a building depends on the materials, designs, methods of construction, environmental conditions, and building use.

Poor design, faulty construction procedures and substandard building materials are all part of the problems behind the building collapses.

Some of the main reasons of building collapse are as follows;

  • Bad design

  • Faulty construction

  • Extraordinary loads

  • Foundation failure

  • Unexpected failure mode

  • Natural disasters

  • Soil liquification

  • Demolition through explosives

However, human factors such as negligence, flouting of building codes, use of defective or substandard materials, incompetence and corruption are also factors resulting in building collapse. Such factors account for the preponderance of collapses in Nigeria. It is why we need to pay very close attention to building regulations, laws and codes in Nigeria.

In Nigeria, all successive governments since independence highlighted housing as a major priority. Unfortunately for over 59 years of its independence, Nigeria is still grabbling with its housing/building crises.

Although many studies have also been carried out and various workshops organized in major cities of the country by various bodies, government agencies and institutions in order to look into causes of the incidence of building collapse in Nigeria. However none has been able to come out with how each of the determined factors directly led to building collapse in the country. The study is aimed at identifying the cases of building collapses across Nigeria, examining the causes, considering the effects with a view of proffering a lasting solution.

In Conclusion, it is a well-known fact that collapse of building is very common in Nigeria and so something has to be done to curb the menace of building collapse. The hands of the government and every individual must be on deck.

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