Former Lagos State Commissioner blames housing tragedies on lack of quality

Former Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Toyin Ayinde, has identified one of the causes of building collapses.

A collapsed bulding

Speaking at the 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Association of Town Planning Consultants of Nigeria (ATOPCON), Ayinde said lack of quality contributes to this increasing menace, The Nation reports.

“When incidents of building collapse still stare us in the face, it is a signal that quality is being sacrificed, but that really is the essence of ATOPCON, an association intended to foster quality consultancy services and healthy peer review,” he said.

Represented by Moses Ogunleye, the past commissioner urged people to use quality building materials and hire professionals in order to prevent more building collapses.

“There is no better time to convince more people to be committed to quality practice. There, indeed, lies our future. Sustainable systems have always survived on quality service, and ours should not be different. I therefore urge us to begin to think through the various challenges faced in the built environment and the construction industry, and to evolve viable solutions that will make us the pride of the society,” Ayinde said.

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