Impacts of Building Collapse on Sustainable Development in Nigeria

OLUBI, Abiodun Rufus, ADEWOLU, Timothy Olugbemiga


Building collapse is a major disaster associated with constructions, developments, and national growth experienced by all nations of the world but its prevalence and devastating effects on sustainable development in Nigeria has become issues of concern. The incidences of building collapse in Nigeria have lead to irreparable loss of valuable lives and properties. This paper tied together strands of thought through review of literatures of various researchers, books and personal research/observations. It was discovered that most building collapse in Nigeria was as a result of structural defects, poor designs, dilapidation due to lack of maintenance, substandard construction materials, inadequate supervision and monitoring, carelessness, poor workmanship, excessive loading, illegal repair, greed/corruption, clients impatience and natural mayhem (flooding and rainstorm).  It is the opinion of the paper that the attainment of sustainable development will remain a mirage in Nigeria if the current rate of building collapse is not stopped. The paper emphasized useful and far reaching recommendations in other to stem the tide of the menace and ensure safer and better built environment.

Keywords: Menace, Incessant, Building Collapse, Sustainable Development.

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