The Lagos State Government has engaged built environment professionals on new initiatives to address building collapse in the state. 

The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development,  Engr. Tayo Bamgbose-Martins, speaking at the event held in Ikeja, said that the Lagos State Government, through collaborative efforts with relevant professionals, came up with the Certified Accreditors Programme (CAP) and the Certificate of Structural Integrity Programme (CSIP) to involve private professionals in building approval and regulatory process to enhance the safety of lives and property.

He said that the twin programme, which would soon come on board in measured succession, was borne out of the need to arrest incessant building collapse and enhance trust in the system.

He said that the CAP would be the first to become operative to give room for tested and trusted private professionals to be involved in the screening of technical drawings for approval, in carrying out stage certification and in random monitoring and escalation of defaulting buildings for enforcement. 

The Commissioner added that the other complementary initiative, the Certificate of Structural Integrity Programme, would come up later to address the challenge of distressed buildings by ensuring that all existing buildings go through periodic structural integrity tests.

He stated that the notion of building right was a collective responsibility in which all stakeholders must play their roles, adding that publicity and advocacy components had been deliberately built into the programmes to ensure acceptability and sustainability.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Physical Planning, Arc. Dokun Roberts and Engr. Aileme Unuigbe, a structural engineer, made presentations on the CAP and CSIP, respectively. 

The event,  which was attended by the Special Adviser on E-GIS and Planning Matters, Dr. Olajide Babatunde and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Engr. Oluwole Sotire witnessed the robust participation of members of the professional bodies in the built environment, including the Nigerian Institute of Architects, the Nigerian Institute of Building Council for the Registration of Engineers (COREN), the Nigerian Society of Engineers and the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners as well as professionals in the ivory towers, among others.

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