Developers in Owerri Capital city of Imo State have been warned to always employ services of Professional registered Engineers in carrying out their building projects in order to prevent collapse of building.
This was disclosed by the Special Adviser and General Manager of Owerri Capital Development Authority,(OCDA),Engr Francis Chukwu, when he paid an inspection visit to a collapsed building located at Industrial Estate road Irete in Owerri West Local Government of Imo State, on Tuesday.
Although no casualty was recorded at the scene, Engr. Chukwu maintained that incessant use of local aggregates and substandard materials by unprofessional contractors have continued to be the reason for building collapse in the society.
He said, " This is another case of building collapse and we thank God that there was no casualty, our findings revealed that the contractor handling the project used local aggregates and substandard materials".
The OCDA helmsman stated that the Agency which has already commenced partnership with Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria,(COREN) and Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) Imo State chapter, in checkmating unprofessional contractors so as to avert building collapse in the capital territory.
It will be recalled that in wake of the building collapse in Umuguma weeks ago, The OCDA General Manager Engr. Francis Chukwu had inaugurated a Joint Team comprising of Members of Nigeria Society of Engineering (NSE) Owerri Branch Engineering Regulation and Monitoring Committee as well the Members of the Quality Control Unit of the Agency with the mandate of ensuring that certified professional Engineers handle Building projects and make use of standard materials in building construction in addition to commencing the recertification of various Buildings in the State Capital especially High risers among other measures already in place.