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Adedamola Falade-Fatila, the Chairman of the Ibadan branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has hinged the rising cases of building collapse on quackery and compromise in standards.

Falade-Fatila, who spoke with the News Agency of (NAN) in Ibadan on Saturday, was reacting to the collapse of a building in Ibadan barely 72 hours after a similar incident in Lagos.

He said: “If every client, builder or developer consults a registered engineer to design their structures, we won’t find ourselves in this situation.

“This is purely the result of quackery and compromises in materials, skilled labour and so on.

“It is as they say in computer, garbage in, garbage out, what you put in is what you get.

“If you put in expertise, quality and professionalism, you will get a solid structure that will stand out and stand the test of time.

“The one that collapsed in Ibadan is still under construction and it gave way; that tells you that something is wrong some where.”

He said the association had been engaged in sensitisation programmes to encourage the use of engineers for projects.

“If you have a structure that is above two floors, get a registered structural engineer, and if it is not up to that, get a registered engineer to do your design for you.

“In doing that, the engineer will give you advice and supervise your project so that there would be no compromise by the time the structure is being put up.

“If you meet anyone who claims to be an engineer, ask for his proof; in the age we are now, it is easy to know a registered engineer.

“You can check on the internet; registered engineers have their names compiled by the Council for the Regulation of the Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).

COREN and check the person’s status by typing in his or her name; if the person is truly registered, you will find his or her name and address there.

“Anyone who claims to be an engineer and his name is not in the database of NSE and COREN is a quack,’’ he said.

 

Source: Daily Post

 

 

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OSUN: Reaction of Gov. Oyetola finally to tribunal judgement

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The Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, has reacted to tribunal ruling sacking him as governor of the state.

An Osun governorship tribunal had on Friday sacked him and declared Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, winner of the last governorship election in the state.

Reacting, Oyetola vowed to challenge the ruling of tribunal at the Appeal Court.

A statement by Wole Oyebamiji, Secretary to the State Government of Osun, said the judgment of the election tribunal had been put on appeal.

Oyetola expressed hope that “justice would prevail at last.”

He also disclosed that law enforcement agencies had been instructed to maintain law and order across the state.

The governor appreciated the support of the majority of the people in all things essential for mutual progress, assuring that the residents of adequate security of lives and properties.

He said, “The Government of the State of Osun wishes to appreciate the teeming support of the majority of the people in all things essential for mutual progress.

“As it is, the administration of His Excellency, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, Governor, State of Osun wishes to assure the people that the judgment of the Election Tribunal has been put on appeal.

“This is to further assure all the residents of the State of adequate security of lives and properties, as the Government of the State is still the only legitimate Government having the authority to govern the State.”

“We assure all our people that justice will prevail at last, and the law enforcement agencies have been instructed to maintain law and order across the State.

“We therefore urge all the residents of the State to go about their lawful duties without any hindrance”, the statement read.

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‘Osun is dying’ – Oluwo cries out

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The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, says Osun State is dying as it is paying so much on workers’ salaries without generating revenue.
Addressing newsmen in Iwo yesterday at the Engr Ademola Adedapo’s annual secondary schools’ quiz competition, Oluwo said unless the Osun civil service was overhauled, the state might find it difficult to pay salaries.
The monarch urged the state government to increase the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to improve the fortune of the state.
He said: “We’ve a problem in Osun and we’ve to shout and tell the world that we’re sick in Osun. It’s just the truth I’m telling you. We need to upgrade and update our civil service to be IT-compliant and we’ve to create a way to find other jobs for them in the civil service.
“With what’s going on in Osun, we don’t have the money. I’m in this government and it doesn’t matter because I’m a traditional ruler. I’ve to be concerned on how government can succeed.
“We’ve so many workers for some jobs. I’m not telling them to retrench, but government should find some ways out of this situation. How much is the allocation of Osun State in a month? Can it pay the wage bill or salary? Civil servants themselves should be more creative. Civil service is the largest employer of labour in this state and the IGR is nothing. We need to create more IGR.
“Osun is dying. The state is paying so much money and not making money. People have to pay tax and there should be more ways of ensuring the payment of informal taxes. There are many incomes being generated through informal sector and is not coming to the government.”
Responding, Governor Gboyega Oyetola, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Festus Olajide, said the Oluwo had “not minced words in telling the truth.”
He said the quiz competition had brought out test and measurement in terms of performance of students in public schools.
Source: Daily Post

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