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Building collapse: Abuja to subject old buildings to integrity test

The Federal Capital Territory Administration has announced plans to carry out integrity tests on buildings that have existed for over 30 years, so as to determine if such structures can stand the test of time.

According to the FCTA Department of Development Control, the integrity test would be carried out in Wuse 1, Garki 1, Garki 2, and Asokoro, to identify structures that may constitute a danger to their occupants and also forestall further building collapse in the FCT.

Director of the department, Mukhtar Galadima, who spoke with journalists shortly after inspecting some buildings in Jabi said, the the integrity test would be conducted in partnership with professional and regulatory bodies and agencies.

He said the measure became necessary following the recent collapse of a two-storey building in Garki village which claimed the lives of two persons and injured 37 others.

“We have agreed with our colleagues, the professional and regulatory bodies and agencies to identify some structures within the city and conduct integrity tests on them. The goal is to avert unforeseen circumstances like building collapse that may occur due to structural defects.

“I have discussed with my colleagues and we will soon be going to the field for the exercise, particularly in Garki 1, Garki 2, Wuse 1 and Asokoro,” he said.

He explained that the areas were targeted because they were mainly developed by private individuals with houses standing for over 30 years.

Galadima said that most of the officers that supervised buildings in the areas were out of service, “and we don’t know the level of supervision then. We want to be sure that the structures can stand the test of time,” he said.

While stressing that structures that failed integrity tests and beyond remedy will be removed, the director urged developers to comply with building regulations as provided by relevant acts and laws.

On the buildings located on Plot 643 Cadastral Zone Bo4, Jabi District, he said that the integrity test revealed that the building may collapse.

He said that after the failed test, the occupants of the four single-storey buildings on the plot were asked to vacate the buildings for their safety but refused to do so.

During a visit to the affected buildings, Abdulrazak Alao, Deputy Director, Building Inspectorate, North, said that the occupants were served a vacation notice on Aug. 21.

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