One of the major news stories in the country is a building collapse that took place in Lagos State, in which many lives were lost, several people were injured or missing and property of value have been destroyed. So far, other states are not left out, having recorded one case or another on the verge of building collapse.
An expert, Arch. Babatunde Anasanwo, who attributed a building collapse in Nigeria to a lack of proper planning and weak foundations. Camber. Anasanwo made this known while answering questions about Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Ogun State Radio Station, FUNAAB Radio 89.5 FM Live Interactive Program , Boiling Point. The presenter, who is the director of physical planning at FUNAAB, said the main causes of building collapse can be traced to poor design, poor quality materials, unexpected failure and disaster. natural. He urged the government to formulate and implement relevant laws and policies to quell the callousness of individuals.
Camber. Anasanwo also revealed that the foundations of buildings should be properly designed and Nigerians should always consider an economical approach while constructing a building. He pointed out that building engineers play a vital role in maintaining safety in the building environment, adding that architects and planners also look at the regulations governing construction in the country. The expert further indicated that there were cases where professionals failed to do their job, which could result in a building collapsing, adding that the National Building Code, which includes laws and guidelines, should be developed to guide the conduct of each professional. The director urged the government to put in place the necessary people-oriented mechanisms, which would give the nation a better environment, ensure security and promote public health. In the same vein, the need for holistic planning and construction, to stem the threat of flooding in the country, was highlighted.
Prof. Olufiropo Awokola of FUNAAB Civil Engineering Department made the call. According to him, floods are excessive overflows of water in the dry plain due to heavy rains. Prof Awokola said the problem was not unique to Nigeria, adding that developed countries were also experiencing floods. He said to curb the threat of flooding; the government should be proactive in enforcing laws preventing the erection of structures along waterways, although not everything about flooding is necessarily negative. “If there is no rain, there will be no excess water, but when it rains, there will definitely be excess water,” he noted. The professor said the causes of flooding could be natural or man-made, adding that low point areas are very prone to flooding. The professor of water resources and environmental engineering said most urban areas were not properly planned, pointing out that people dump waste indiscriminately into waterways, which often leads to disasters. “Town planning has the power to demolish such buildings if they really want to do their job very well,” he added.
Speaking of water management,
Prof Awokola said the country was not doing much, adding that most farmers were still dependent on rainfall while calling for a constant spotlight from the people on the need to stop dumping waste on waterways, claiming that it could impede the free flow of water. “God will help those who help themselves, but we can only help ourselves by doing what is right,” he added. Besides the challenge of flooding, the effect of climate change on the environment caught the attention of Professor Jonathan Bello of the Department of Water Resources Management and Agricultural Meteorology, College of Environmental Resource Management (COLERM) of FUNAAB , who described climate change as a big problem for humanity. The Don stressed the need to educate people on how they could live their lives without disrupting the atmosphere and harming themselves more due to climate change and that as the human population continues to increase, the process of seeking survival would alter the components of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
The radio guest said that “the population keeps increasing and there is a need for men to live in the system”, noting that there is no way people are not cultivating the land, but they must do so in a sustainable way by finding ways to cope appropriately by controlling deforestation and open grazing. According to him, “we must protect the ecosystem as much as possible and control our activities”. He called on the government to ensure that it helps manage the ecosystem effectively; both terrestrial and aquatic, saying the government must take the issue of cattle farming seriously. “We should do proper planning and do proper geographical surveys.
Let’s replicate what they do in developed countries,” Professor Bello advised. In a final note, the positions questioned by experts on how to solve the problems of building collapse, flooding and climate change require the collective effort of government, regulatory agencies and the people on the imperative to respect the laws in force and to make a conscious attempt to live in a peaceful and safe environment.