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Callers Blame Regulators, Producers Of Building Materials For Cases Of Building Collapse

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An uncompleted two-storey building collapsed at the weekend in Mbodo Community, Ikwerre Local Government Area, Rivers state.

The latest in what seems an increase in cases of building collapse in Rivers state and in some parts of the country.

Callers on Nigeria Info FM Hello Port Harcourt while reacting to the incident, pointed out a lack of accountability from regulatory agencies, and site engineers among other factors as reasons for the frequent collapse of buildings in the state.

One caller tells anchor, Jude Omamegbe that the Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON, the agency responsible for the certification of products, raw materials, goods, and services, etc. has failed to monitor the quality of these building materials upon importation to the country. 

In addition, he said some house owners prefer to rely on personal knowledge rather than engage the services of a professional engineer. This according to him has led to the collapse of most buildings. 

“This problem is caused by manufacturers,” says another caller, who claims manufacturers produce a substandard version of building materials, giving room for site engineers to choose quantity over quality.

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