The Delta state chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has charged federal government to urgently address incidents of collapse building in Nigeria as millions of lives have gone through it.
The state chairman of NLC, Goodluck Ofobruku gave the charge in Asaba, Delta state while reacting to the recent collapse building that claimed over five persons at University town, Abraka.
The labour leader also tasked the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) to wake up to the challenge as the incessant collapse building has called for serious concern.
Mr. Ofobruku said that people should endeavour to use both qualified personnel and materials while constructing their homes and not to risk the lives of the workers.
He charge authority saddle with the responsibility of compensation to immediately do so to the victims’ family.
According to him, “there is workman compensation act in Nigeria, so we will urge those who are responsible for the collapsed building and the deaths to apply what the workman compensation act says.
However, he urged both government, workers, and the NSE to ensure that such things never occur again.
Also speaking, Mr Martins Bolumi, State Chairman, Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, described the situation as unfortunate and charged all stakeholders to live up to expectations.
“Building collapse is a new trend in Delta but we expect all stakeholders to wake up to their responsibilities to forestall future reoccurrence.
On his part, Mr Mike Okeme, Special Adviser to Delta Governor, assured that the state government was already doing something about the collapsed buildings.
He, however, called for a proper engineering designs and supervision by qualified engineers among other stakeholders to ensure quality of jobs on the construction any building.
“We challenge the Nigeria Society if Engineers (NSE)s to check quackery and ensure that only qualified engineer are allowed to operate and construct buildings.