The Federal Government on Tuesday inaugurated an inter-ministerial committee to seek solution to the high incidence of collapsed buildings in the country.
A statement issued by the Ministry of Science and Technology on Tuesday said that the inter-ministerial committee was part of the Federal Government’s commitment to finding a permanent solution to the menace of collapse buildings in the country.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, according to the statement, Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, said that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, was determined to do everything humanly possible to stop building collapse because of its toll on human life.
The minister recalled many painful stories of building collapse, noting that no parent ever wished to have the dead body of their children, adding that the government was taking necessary steps to find permanent solution to the recurring disaster.
He commended the Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute for its research and investigation which he claimed had helped to reduce the cases of collapsed buildings in the country.
The statement said that representatives of all regulatory agencies in the management of construction industry were on the committee which has two weeks to summit its report.
In his remarks, the chairman of the committee and the Acting Director-General/CEO of NBRRI, Prof Samson Duna, noted that the impact of collapse building affected the entire human fabrics, causing psychological trauma, loss of lives and properties, loss of government revenue, with victims being rendered homeless apart from suffering permanent disabilities.