"The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria has received a strong call to take decisive action in addressing the persistent challenge of building collapse in the country.
Mahmuda Mamman, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, conveyed this directive during a recent courtesy visit by council members in Abuja. He emphasized that COREN, as a recognized Federal Government regulatory body, holds extensive mandates and authority to inspect and regulate building standards in Nigeria.
Encouraging the council to fulfill its responsibilities effectively, he urged them to propose viable solutions to combat the issue. He stressed, "I implore you to devise strategic plans to put an end to this menace of building collapse. There must be no more incidents, and this alarming situation must be halted."
Furthermore, he emphasized the necessity of conducting thorough checks, registrations, and mandatory monitoring of construction activities to ensure the creation of well-built, structurally sound buildings that provide safety and security for Nigerians, regardless of the prevailing weather conditions.
Meanwhile, the Institute of Appraisers and Cost Engineers attributed the frequent cases of building collapses and failed projects in the country to the habit of project promoters cutting costs without seeking professional advice. The institute highlighted that Nigeria has suffered significant financial losses, amounting to hundreds of billions of naira, due to inadequate project management practices, both in terms of qualitative and quantitative evaluations of cost estimation and control.