By: Rose Audu
On 13 March 2019, a three story building in the Ita Faaji area of Lagos, Nigeria suffered a structural collapse, killing 20 people and leaving over 40 trapped.
It is in connection with this development that the Nigeria building institute held a one day symposium to honour the victim of the building collapse as part of activities to commemorate the 2021 builder’s day and the international women’s day
A school, housing 100 students, was located on the third story of the building, leading to the story gaining significant coverage in local and international media In the year.
The primary school and nursery had been operating illegally in a residential building.
The area were certified “distressed” and had been marked for demolition, but that landlords resisted the efforts of the government to demolish the buildings, opting to refurbish them for further use.
The builder’s institute of Nigeria has therefore called for end to quackery in the building and construction industry in order to put an end to the issues of building collapse in the country. Omale Peter chairman of the builders association FCT chapter said “the briefing was organized mainly to honour the 20 people including school children who lost their lives in the 3 story building that collapse Itafaaji , lagos Nigeria on the 13 march 2019 as part of activities to commemorate the 2021 builders day.
The collapse occurred in the Lagos Island district in Lagos, Nigeria at mid-morning on 13 March 2019. The collapsed building which was slated to be demolished was in poor condition, but was illegally being used to house commercial businesses, residential apartments, a primary school, and a nursery.
Chairman of builders institute FCT chapter Peter Omale also called on Nigerians and residents in the country that intend own a building to demand for FOI of any before embarking on any building project in the country. Peter stated this while shedding light on the institute’s activities targeted at curbing issues of building collapse in the country.
Also a female builder Regina Tanko , x-rayed challenges faced by female builders in the country. Calling on other women not to shy away from the building profession leaving only the male gender with the building task according to Regina“ if a woman plans herself properly there is absolutely nothing that can stop her from achieving her goal.”
The collapse of the structure killed several people and left over 60 people trapped in the rubble; many of those trapped were children from the third floor primary school. At least rescue efforts succeeded in recovering 45 people from the building, while 20 were reported dead in the collapse.