VIEWS OF CONSTRUCTION PROFESSIONALS’ ON THE CAUSES AND REMEDIES OF BUILDING COLLAPSE IN NIGERIA
Keywords:Building Collapse, Construction Industry, Government, Professionals’, Stakeholders.
The collapse of building has been an issue of great concern to all and sundry in Nigeria and yet these buildings are major contributors to the development of any nation. Therefore, when a building collapses, it fails to render the functions which it should perform to the people and the government. A building is regarded as collapsed if the whole structure or part thereof has fallen down and therefore cannot serve the purpose for which it was intended. When building collapses, it generates deep emotional reactions from every segment of the population constituting great losses to the country in terms of physical, human and material resources. Therefore, the aim of this research is to assess the opinion of construction professionals who are perceived as critical stakeholders on the causes as well as to proffer remedies to curb the menace. The case study is Owerri municipal council, Imo State, Nigeria. A well-structured four-point Scale questionnaire was drawn and administered to 250 selected sampled respondents to elicit data. Out of that the 250 respondents, 193 representing 77% valid respondents were retrieved and utilized in the study analysis. The analysis revealed that all critical construction stakeholders were implicated as contributors towards the incidences of building collapse. The study recommends among others that, Government, professionals’ as well as other critical stakeholders should adhere strictly to their statutory roles in order to curb the menace of building collapse in Nigeria.
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