Another building colapses!

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Or if this is not the case, what excuse would the council and town planing authorities of lagos state adduce to explain the frequent collapses of storey buidings in their neigbourhood. Lagos is not the only city experiencing this menace, portharcourt (the oil rich city) has had its own fair share of the crisis a couple of years back.

Submitted: June 25, 2007

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It has become regular and normal for buildings to colapse every now and then in the city of lagos, a former Federal Capital City of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The authorities and town planners, probably turn a blind eye to the developers and builders and look the other way after collecting some bribes from them each time a house is to be built!

Or if this is not the case, what excuse would the council and town planing authorities of lagos state adduce to explain the frequent collapses of storey buidings in their neigbourhood. Lagos is not the only city experiencing this menace, portharcourt (the oil rich city) has had its own fair share of the crisis a couple of years back.

What is surprising to me is that before any building is being built in Nigeria, the plot is registered with the town planing authorities in the local government jurisdiction where the building is to be built.

The intended building is also made known to the town planing authorities who give approval for the construction of the building in the specified location. Every now and then a town planing official patrols the site to know if the developers are working according to approved building plans and specifications.

Yet when the building is completed, there is total or partial deviation to the original plan of the building. In some cases illegal structures are sprouted around the corner here and there and the public space and parking lot and even the main road is converted to part of the building.

What surprises me most is that some times all these are done right under the nose of the official who turns a blind eye to all these.

Come to think of it, many innocent citizens have lost their lives to these unfortunate building collapse, killing nothing less than fifty to a hundred souls each time a storey building collapses!

What a sad tale for Nigerians!!!


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