Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has said that contractors and developers, who are indicted in any building collapse, should be prepared to face the full wrath of the law.
The President said this when he received the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS) at the Presidential Villa following the recent collapse of buildings in Lagos.
Buhari said: “The recent tragic incidents in Lagos and many others across the country, remind us of the need to strictly adhere to quality standards when it comes to construction projects.
“Young, innocent lives must never be lost due to incompetence and greed. Simply put, no corners must be cut.
“l want to assure you that those responsible for such incidents of professional negligence will feel the full wrath of the law.”
He encouraged NIQS to always ensure every buildings constructed meet the required standard, as his administration would not leave any component of the country untouched.
“As a government, we remain focused and committed to ensuring that wecreate an inclusive and diversified economy. This simply means national growth must impact on the silent majority.
“This is why in the past three years, we focused on key job-creating sectors such as agriculture and infrastructure development.”
Not less than four building collapsed across the country in the past two weeks. Lagos was hit the most with three houses collapsing, leaving more than 25 people dead.