Edo state

…Lagos tops table with 20 cases, Kano recorded 7

…Nehikhare attributes feat to Obaseki’s Reforms

Tracereporters –The ongoing reforms in the built environment in Edo State initiated by the Governor Godwin Obaseki administration have insulated the State against the ugly incidence of building collapse in the outgoing year 2022.

According to the 2022 Building Collapse Record released by the Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG), Lagos State led the table with 20 cases of building collapse in the year, followed by Kano State with seven cases, and Anambra State, which recorded five cases.

Delta and Jigawa states had four cases each while Oyo State recorded three cases of building collapse in the year.

Ebonyi and Imo states had two cases each, while Plateau, Ondo, Osun, Abia, Abuja, Cross Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Kogi, Niger, Rivers, Ogun, Yobe, Taraba, Bayelsa and Gombe had one case each.

The total number of casualties (deaths and persons injured) resulting from the incidence of building collapse in the 22 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, was 84 deaths and 113 injured people, the Report added.

The building collapse cases according to the BCPG Report happened either during the construction stage or existing buildings and they were either full or partial collapse.

Commenting on the development, the Hon. Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Chris Osa Nehikhare, said: “This Report further validates the series of efforts we have made in the housing construction and development sector and we expect higher ratings in the years to come because for the first time in decades, the Governor Godwin Obaseki -led government is creating the support institutions and strengthening existing ones to ensure the real estate sector is sanitized to attract the desired investment, create jobs and bolster our economy.

“Our Ministry of Physical Planning, Housing, Urban and Regional Development (MPPHURD) has won several awards in the industry for innovation, excellence and effectiveness”

“We have created the Edo State Geographic Information Service (EDOGIS), the New Town Development Agency and we have repositioned the Edo Development and Property Agency (EDPA) to better serve our people.”

Nehikhare added: “We are aware of how difficult it is for people to embrace change, but the reforms we are championing are in our best interest and we urge all the stakeholders in this sector and all Edo people to rally round the government to deliver housing without pain and needless financial losses to land grabbers.”

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