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Quackery, inferior materials fueling incessant building collapses in Nigeria – Experts



Members of the family of Babalola in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital were on Thursday November 10, this year thrown into mourning when one of their kinsmen met his untimely death.

The deceased, Bolaji Babalola, died as a result of injuries he sustained when a warehouse under construction collapsed.

The young, but hardworking Babalola died as a result of the injuries he sustained during the incident.

The warehouse collapsed on a Mosque and a structure within another compound which led to the death of Babalola.

Babalola was not only the person who sustained injuries, but he was only the person who died as a result of the incident.

Another person, Segun Abajingin was seriously injured.

Several other people have also lost their lives as a result of incessant building collapses that have been occurring in some parts of the country, including Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Many other people have also sustained permanent injuries as a result of incessant building collapses in some parts of the ancient city.

DAILY POST reports that no fewer than four cases of building collapses have been recorded in Ibadan this year.

Another building under construction caved in, in the early hours of Thursday, September 8, 2022.

The building is located at the Awosika area within Ibadan North Local Government Area.

Seven persons were said to have been rescued from the rubble of the building.

Also, a three-storey edifice collapsed in the early hours of Monday 3rd October, 2022.

The building is situated at Adabor Junction, in the Ashi area of Ibadan, Ward 5, Ibadan North Local Government Area.

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It was gathered that property worth millions of naira were destroyed when the building collapsed but no life was lost in the incident.

Sources said the building housed a pharmacy, supermarket and a church.

Experts and stakeholders in the state have expressed mixed reactions over the ugly development.

Incompetency, substandard materials causing building collapse- SON

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria, (SON) in its reaction, said incompetency and substandard materials applied to minimise cost of production are the major factors causing building collapse in the ancient city.

SON coordinator in Oyo State, Adetoye Adeyinka, made this disclosure while reacting to the recent building collapse in the State.

He urged contractors to always reach out to relevant and certified agencies for sensitisation and advice on how to go about construction of standard storey-building

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