An Investigation of Incessant Building Collapse in Selected Cities of Nigeria

By Steve Ikpendu Nwankwo, Chidiuto Victoria Nwankwo and Marcellinus U. Okafor.

Published by The International Journal of the Constructed Environment

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This research investigates the incidence of building collapse that occurred in Lagos, Enugu, Abuja and Port-Harcourt of Nigeria from October 1985-2013 with the view to improving future structural stability of buildings. The objectives were: to determine the incidence and nature of building collapse and to determine the reasons for the incessant building collapse. The methodology involving field survey approach using direct observation, questionnaires and interview of both skilled and unskilled personnel in the building industry was adopted. The research revealed that building collapse has some technical, material and human resources undertone such as design deficiencies, wrong construction methods, use of substandard materials, lack of maintenance culture and non-involvement of professionals. The paper recommends the need for implementation and enforcement of National Building Code, adequate control of building development, total ban on importation, manufacturing and use of substandard materials,. The study further recommends for the use of professionals in all building projects.

Keywords: Building Collapse, Building Industry, Professionals, Design and Construction

The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 6, Issue 2, June 2015, pp.17-39. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 698.142KB).

Dr. Steve Ikpendu Nwankwo

Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture, Abia State University, Uturu, Owerri, Imo, Nigeria

Chidiuto Victoria Nwankwo

Lecturer II, Department of Estate Management, Abia State University, Uturu, Owerri, Imo, Nigeria

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Dr. Marcellinus U. Okafor

Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture, Abia State University, Uturu, Owerri, Imo, Nigeria