The newly appointed Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Engineer Omotayo Bamgbose Martins, has declared operation no building collapse in Lagos state as he said there must be attitudinal change for building collapse to stop in Lagos.
The commissioner spoke on Friday at a roundtable discussion with Professionals in the built industry in Ikeja on ending building collapse.
The commissioner assured that he would not sack staff but ensure they change their attitude, while improving their capacities and competencies through retraining.
Bamgbose Martins reassured Lagos residents that they would see changes in reforms to end building collapse and safeguard lives and investments.
He called on developers, individuals and professionals to join hands in tackling the problem.
Also the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mrs Abiola Kosegbe, said government had been engaging experts on codes and regulations.
She said that collaboration would ensure proactive steps were taken against infractions and building collapse.
Kosegbe said stakeholders’ engagements started over two months ago and would continue until permanent solutions were achieved.
On his part, the Special Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on E-GIS, Dr Babatunde Olabode, urged the built environment professionals to profer solutions and not resort to blame game.
Olabode said this was important to prevent further calamities and deaths.
He said the office of E-GIS and planning had several programmes and cited a technology tagged “capture Lagos” which would use an app to monitor building development across the state.
The special adviser said another scheme targeted 6,000 smart phones for effective monitoring of construction sites while there was a technology to digitise all planning approvals, as well as use of satellite imagery.
“All planning process will soon become transparent when we use technology,” he said.
The seven built environment professional associations, their affiliates and regulatory bodies took turns to offer technical advice.
Associations in attendance included Nigerian Institute of Architects, Nigerian Institute of Building, Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, and Nigerian Institute of Mining and Geosciences.
A former commissioner of the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Toyin Ayinde, as well as the first Commissioner of the ministry, Mr Kayode Anibaba, alongside other top officials offered valid suggestions.