The Nigerian Institute of Architects has called on the Imo State Government to set up a panel of enquiry into the circumstances surrounding the collapse of a building at the Aboh Mbaise Campus of the Imo State University.
Addressing journalists after inspecting the site, the President of the Institute, Mr. Festus Njoku, attributed the collapse to neglect on basic construction principles.
Mr. Njoku said there was need to ascertain the competence level of those engaged to construct buildings, noting that the Institute would no longer tolerate quackery in building profession.
Mr. Njoku said an interim test should be carried out on other structures in the site to certify their integrity since the buildings might have been constructed by same contractors that handled the failed one.
The State Chairman of the Institute, Dr. Basil Agoha, frowned at the increasing cases of collapsed structures in the state, pointing out that stemming the tide required a collaborative effort of every citizens.
Dr. Agoha said plans were on to strengthen existing laws guiding building constructions.
He noted that the measure would help to reduce incidences of collapsed buildings in the state.
The collapsed structure was among the completed buildings in the proposed campus, which metamorphosed into a State University of Agricultural and Environmental studies at the twilight of the last administration.