Building collapse in various parts of the country has been attributed to lack of professional planning as well as use of inferior materials, the Managing Director, Best Shelter, Mrs Folashade Salabiu Awokoya, said at the weekend.
Mrs Awokoya, who identified adulterated goods and the penchant for people to take over professional job of building their individual houses without the technical know-how of building, for minimising cost, said these are catalysts for incessant building collapse.
“People don’t think of the future; no research on the land they intend to build on; they are the engineers of their own houses; they lack the will to consult before beginning the foundation of their houses. These factors and so many others contribute to building collapse in this country,” she said.
According to her, erosion problem should not have been a thing of concern at all, if proper planning and soil test were taken into cognizance before erecting building on any land.
Mrs Awokoya asked: “The foundational cost may look high but is it not better than shoddy and stingy spending which would be costlier when the whole building collapses, especially when lives are involved?”
She said the firm is determined to ensure that avoidable pitfalls that could lead to building collapse and its attendant loss of lives and money become things of the past.
“We are doing this by enjoining members of the public to join membership of join Best Shelter Club where we engage services of qualified building engineers and professionals who from time to time, educate us on how to take care of our building from the foundational level up to finishing stages.
“We are blessed with professionals and engineers whose skills have been tested, reliable and proved to be worthy of presentation as far as strong and time-tested buildings are concerned.
“We provide services to civil servants, artisans, business women within and outside Ogun State. Our company renders simple shelter services. These include acquiring estate and landed property for our numerous members through monthly contributory system. We also produce quality blocks, paints, interlocks, and sales of cements to our members,” she said.
credit: the nation
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