More Buildings Will Collapse In Nigeria, Agency Warns

Joseph_OdumoduThe Director General of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mr Joseph Odumodu on Thursday warned that “more buildings will collapse in Nigeria if the real issues are not addressed immediately.

“Every time there is a collapse, we must carry out an investigation and come out with a verdict”, he said, adding that “anytime you go to where a building collapses, you wont find an engineer or architect; everybody disappears.

“And we all forget about it, until the next one happens” and “we just cant continue with this” he said on Sunrise Daily.

He further noted that “for us to find a lasting solution to building collapses, we have to work together” revealing “that SON has a recipe.

“We must ensure that architects are involved in designs and structural engineers are involved in structures; but that is not where it ends. The state governments must do the approvals” he said.

He commended the efforts of the Lagos State government where builders “apply for approval for any milestone when you are building adding that “the major reason for building collapses, is that the concrete mixture has failed”.

Mr Odumodu also revealed that after visiting building centres in Abuja, Lagos and other states he “only found engineers in less than 10 per cent of those sites. So at the end of the day those who are mixing the cement are ordinary artisans and most of them are not certified.

“So we also must ensure that artisans are certified”, he opined.

He also noted that from statistics obtained from a national survey conducted by SON, “less than five per cent of blocks in Nigeria meet the NIS Standard 587 of 2007” which states that “you mix one portion of cement to six portions of sand to produce 22 nine inches of blocks from a bag.

“But I have been to block industries and they produce 45 blocks” from a bag.

Mr Odumodu also urged cement producers to start printing important information on their products to so as to avoid building collapse.

“There is no bag of cement that carries a batch number, there is no bag of cement that carries an expiry date or use before date” adding that “they don’t carry information on how they should be applied; they don’t even tell you how you should store it”, he said.

He warned that “if you store cement on the floor, it will take moisture” because it is hygroscopic, adding that “if it takes moisture, its activity reduces’.

He said market surveys have shown that 50kg cement bags contain 45kg of the product and sometimes expired products which could be a contributing factor to devastating building collapse.

“Our job is about traceability. I go to a place where a building comes down and I am able to tell that these people (company) supplied all the re-inforcement bars used for the construction and I am able to take a sample of that and take it back to the manufacturer” to ascertain its reliability.

He further urged Nigerians to know about the grade of cement they use because the grade determines the kind of structure that can be built with the product.

He further noted that there are new rules which demands “standards for flooring, plastering, slabs and columns”.

He went down memory lane to recall an international cement company operating in Nigeria “that wanted to register 22.5 (cement) but called it mercenary cement” maintaining that “people were misapplying quality material” and “if you misapply them, they will give you wrong results; and that is the problem”.

Synagogue Building: Jonathan Promises To Investigate Cause Of Collapse

Goodluck_Jonathan_@_Synagogue_Church_of_All_Nations2President Goodluck Jonathan has promised to investigate the cause of the collapse of the Synagogue Church of All Nations six-storey building.

The President who made this declaration during a condolence visit to the General Overseer and members of the church, also promised to collaborate with state governors to put measures that will check the illegal building of high rise buildings in the country.

While expressing condolences to the families of the victims,The president assured that the FG will deploy every necessary to ensure that investigations into the cause of the collapse are treated speedily.

The president says he Will convey a meeting with state governors to discuss the need for advice or measures that will help check the illegal erection of high rise buildings.

The President was accompanied by the national chairman of the PDP, Adamu Muazu and the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire,  to the site of the collapsed structure.

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President Goodluck Jonathan and Prophet TB Joshua at the site of the collapsed building.

Meanwhile, the South African ambassador to Nigeria has dismissed fears of a diplomatic row between Nigeria and South Africa as a result of the incident.

He also revealed that 84 south Africans have been confirmed dead in the incident. This figure however conflicts with the figures released by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

The South West Spokesman of the Agency, Ibrahim Farinloye, told reporters in Lagos that the death toll stands at 78.

‘Strange Aircraft’ Responsible For Collapse

The Founder and General Overseer of the church, Temitope Joshua, popularly referred to as T.B Joshua, has linked the collapse  to a “strange aircraft” which he said hovered around the building before it collapsed.

While briefing journalists on the incident, the pastor provided a video evidence, showing a flying aircraft, to back his claim.

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The building, which has been reduced to rubble and cordoned off.

In the video, a plane was seen flying over the collapsed guest house belonging to the church at four different times, between 11:30 am and 11:54 am – on Friday morning. The building collapsed at about 1pm, on the same day.

He further alleged that he was the target of the hovering jet.

Building Plan Was Not Approved

The Lagos State Commissioner for Town Planning and Urban Development, Mr Toyin Ayinde, on Wednesday said the state government will investigate the authenticity of the clip showing a helicopter hovering over a building minutes before it collapsed within the premises of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), adding that the collapsed building has no approval from the state government.

Mr Ayinde noted that “that particular structure does not have approval. Because if it came for approval, we will have a name of the designers, structural engineers, architects and so on. But on our records we don’t have that and somebody has to explain what was done and what was not done”.

 


 

Jonathan Visits Site Of Collapsed Synagogue Church Building

JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan has arrived the site of the collapsed six storey guest house belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Ikotun Area of Lagos State, south west Nigeria.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed to reporters in Lagos that 78 people died as a result of the incident while many others were injured.

The Founder and General Overseer of the church, Temitope Joshua, popularly referred to as T.B Joshua, has linked the collapse  to a “strange aircraft” which he said hovered around the building before it collapsed.

While briefing journalists on the incident, the pastor provided a video evidence, showing a flying aircraft, to back his claim.

In the video, a plane was seen flying over the collapsed guest house belonging to the church at four different times, between 11:30 am and 11:54 am – on Friday morning. The building collapsed at about 1pm, on the same day.

He further alleged that he was the target of the hovering jet.

3 Dead, 5 Rescued in Benin Church Building Collapse

Church BuildingIt was a tragic day  as three people have been confirmed dead after a church building collapsed in Benin City on Friday.

The one-storey building, belonging to Christ Chosen Church Of God, collapsed at about 2pm in the Erhunse area of the city.

About 9 people were said to be demolishing the building, following the relocation of the church to a new structure, when it caved in, trapping the workers inside.

Speaking at the scene of the incident, the Commissioner of Police, Edo State Command, said that he got an anonymous call which prompted his quick intervention as an irate crowd threatened to set ablaze what was left of the property.

T.B Joshua Blames “Strange Aircraft” For Collapsed Synagogue Building

T.B JoshuaThe Founder and General Overseer of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Temitope Joshua, popularly referred to as T.B Joshua, has linked the collapse of a building within the premises of the church headquarters in Lagos, to a “strange aircraft” which he said hovered around the building before it collapsed.

While briefing journalists on the incident on Saturday, the pastor was said to have provided a video evidence, showing a flying aircraft, to back his claim.

In the said video, a plane was seen flying over the collapsed guest house belonging to the church at four different times, between 11:30 am and 11:54 am – on Friday morning. The building collapsed at about 1pm, on the same day.

According to the pastor, the said aircraft contributed to the incident, which led to the death of at least 40 persons.

He further alleged that he was the target of the hovering jet.

“Immediately I left the prayer room (which is a 10-minute drive from the church) for the church, I got a call that a jet was hovering over the prayer room but as I finished bathing and moved to the prayer room, I got another call that the jet has moved to the church and that was it,” Mr. Joshua said.

“Members cannot be the target, the easier way to stop this church is to get the head and from my explanation, you know the truth,” he added.

Mr Joshua has called on security agents to study the video evidence, a CCTV footage, and investigate the incident.