Building Collapse Prevention Guild embarks on sites inspection

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The Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG), Ogun branch, have embarked on inspection of construction sites to ensure developers and contractors adhere to approved building plans, rules and regulations.

Mr Olusegun Sogbetun, BCPG Chairman, Ogun, told newsmen during the inspection of some construction sites in Abeokuta, that its mission was to observe and make necessary recommendations to Ogun government.

BCPG comprises Engineers, Architects, Builders, Surveyors, Estate Valuers, Town Planners and Quantity Surveyors.

He said the Guild was also out to enlighten the public on how to construct properly buildings and any structure that fell within the profession.

Sogbetun said that there had been many cases of building collapse in some parts of Nigeria, in which lives and properties were lost.

He said the BCPG had been in existence since 2013, adding that it observed that its impact would not be felt without synergy with the government.

“We work together with the arms of the government in charge of building productions management, that is, the Ministry of Urban and Physical Planning, who issues building plans approval for developers.

“After approval must have been issued by government, the Ministry usually finds it difficult to go round and see if the developers are really obeying the rules and regulations that come along with the approval.

“The major aspect is to ensure that what is written on the paper is being really adhered to, so that one would have a very safe structure that will stand a good test of time,” he said.

Sogbetun said BCPG was not carrying out enforcement, but only observe and recommend to government what should be done where necessary.

He urged the masses to conform with standards while erecting structures to avoid building collapsing.

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