Nigeria Can Change Building Collapse Story - Chinese Expert
The deputy managing director of Senoria recently condemned the spate of building collapse witnessed in parts of the country in recent times, saying it can be stopped.
There is no gainsaying the fact that one of the very critical issues that have been of concern to many Nigerians is building collapse which has occurred one time too many in recent years. And each time it happens, reactions from concerned authorities and various stakeholders usually trail the toll it has taken on lives and property.
One of the latest, the Ita faaji building collapse on Lagos Island in March this year had over a hundred people, mostly school children trapped in the rubble. Following intensive rescue efforts, reports had that no fewer than 20 lost their lives and not less than 45 injured.
The Jabi area of the FCT witnessed same sometime in 2018. In March, 2016, Lagos record two incidents of building collapse: On 8 March 2016, a five-story building collapsed while under construction in Lekki district.
At least 34 people were killed. Thirteen other people were pulled from the collapsed building alive in a rescue operation that ended late on 10 March. Not up to 10 days another occurred when a 2- story collapsed around Mile 12. You can count on.
To the deputy managing director of Senoria, a Chinese building material manufacturing firm in Abuja, Jackie Dai Hui, this is a dangerous situation that any nation which is serious with the lives of its citizens should tackle proactively by looking into the root causes with a view to remedying it through pragmatic approach.
Hui, who noted that his country, China was in the same mess some two decades ago was however optimistic that Nigeria could come out of it the way China did.
According to him, if the use of substandard materials, which he identified as one of the chief causes of building collapse, can be checked as was done in China, the country would begin to tell a better story.
"It is not just a Nigerian issue. In China some 10 to 20 years ago, the same building accidents were rampant. Even the contractors building were not at ease, that after building and handing over to the owner, collapse occurs even within a short period of five years. "China later had to change her ideas, the quality became number one, it is our country's culture now.
"But if you choose poor quality, the bad materials used for construction, who will afford this waste, our next generation will.
Using bad building materials for construction is not good, therefore I think the Nigerian government should make some rules and regulations tackling the contractors so that if there's a collapse case, the company that built the house is penalised, that's what is practised in China."
On what his company was actually doing in Nigeria, the director said.the company which was established in Abuja in 2008, manufactures roofing sheets and cement.
"We are into roofing sheets and cement. In the beginning, our companyncarried out the construction of all the cement plants in Nigeria, including that of Dangote and the BUA Group.
"During these eleven years of our company being here, we felt it was time to contribute our quota to the development of Nigeria, so we installed a factory called FABCON in Abuja where we produce stone- coated roofing sheets and fibre cement boards that have a very long lifespan. We do not just focus on the factory activities; we also have stake in the construction industry. So my company is not only into manufacturing and marketing of products, we are also into construction," he said.