Houses are supposed to protect lives but over the past 4 years, building collapse has led to massive loss of lives.

According to a report by the federal government, no fewer than 436 persons lost their lives in 55 building collapse cases in Nigeria between 2012 and 2016.

The government said cases of building collapse across the country in the past five years had been alarming, a development that had made many citizens to doubt the competence of practitioners in Nigeria’s built environment.

The Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing stated that the building collapse statistics for 2012 to 2016 provided by the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria showed that 127 people died in 12 building collapse cases in 2012.

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The ministry, in its report on the meeting of permanent secretaries at the 6th National Council on Lands, Housing and Urban Development concluded recently in Abuja, stated that 22 building collapse cases occurred in 2013 and 63 lives were lost as a result of the accidents.

It stated that three building collapse cases were recorded in 2014 without any casualty. The highest number of casualties during the period that was reviewed by the council occurred in 2015, as 131 persons died in seven building collapse accidents.

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