The Lagos State Government has engaged the services of an additional 115 certified engineers and other relevant professionals in the building sector, in its quest to address the incidences of building collapse and ensure compliance with relevant building laws.
The Commissioner for Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Wasiu Anifowoshe disclosed this at the induction program organised for the newly deployed staff of the Lagos State Material Testing Laboratory (LSMTL), adding that the government is now better prepared to prevent collapsed-building incidents in the State.
He described the deployment of the new officers as a way of creating gainful employment for the citizens on one hand, but more importantly, it underscores the determination of the present administration to further guarantee the safety of all residents in the State and prevent avoidable deaths.
Anifowoshe attributed the spate of collapsed buildings experienced in Lagos to the engagement of quacks in construction works, the use of substandard building materials by property developers, poor sensitization on the importance of undertaking material testing in building and civil engineering construction.
He, therefore, called on the affected professional bodies to be more alive to their responsibilities in ensuring that their members perform their duties in line with their guiding code of conduct, stressing that the efforts being put in place by the State government to ensure compliance with building laws must be complemented by the professional associations as well.
The Commissioner informed that the 115 newly recruited officers are professionals from different fields of study comprising of geologists, quantity surveyors, architects, chemical engineers, building officers, civil engineers and mechanics, among others.
While urging the newly recruited staff to comport themselves in the discharge of their duties without compromise, Anifowoshe noted that the induction programme will familiarize participants with the rules guiding their engagement as well as the expectations of the State Government.