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DATA ON COLLAPSED BUILDINGS IN NIGERIA, 1999-2012

I shall be grateful to have this information.
Thank you.
Bishop Abraham Bamidele Obahon-Ogedengbe

You have said my mind

The larger problem with Nigeria is not the system (we all agree the system has got faults) but the society; the masses, the leaders, the professionals...every individual who has decided to act against his God-crested conscience to do what is wrong. We have mechanics repairing our cars with fake parts for the price of original ones , we have students cheating in schools, Girls prostituting themselves on campus, traders selling us short, people shunting on queues...and the list goes on. In all these highlighted scenarios, most people involved can walk away and/or do what is right-but do they? And it all boils down to one word...GREED- not suffering, not hardship...but GREED! Until we collectively begin to revise our work and behavioural ethics, their can't be hope for Nigeria. I can't prescribe how that change can come- whether by revolution or cautious campaigns.

Collapsed buildings in Nigeria (1989 - 2010)

Plase, i ve been very much disturned by the incessant colapse of buildings across the nation. I am appealing if i could get data on colapsed buildings in Nigeria b/w Jan 1999 - date

I will be grateful if i could lay hand on this this to enable further my compilation on the subject matter

Regards

Zacky

@ Ashford Etela, ok, lets have a debate

Now, it is becoming a healthy debate.. But you would agree, no matter what argument, there is no reason why this should have happened. In sane societies where accountability is the basic non-negotiable prerequisite of leadership,we will be hearing of resignations from the minister of works to the lowest man in charge. But no, we have to blame the victims. And the question is: isn't it the function of the state to guard and protect the lives of its citizens? It is not only against external aggression but from stuff like this. Surely, if the bandits in power have any concern for the common man, if they cared to consider that even the life of the poorest of the poor is still a life worth protecting they would have forcefully evicted them. This is the reason of our social contract. This is why it is called a nation-state. It is not only a nation-state at the service of few super-human individuals whose life weighs above others. Consider or even imagine that a relative of the president or vice president or these idiots in senate or other idiots in the house of representative is involved in this? Just imagine that? Oh then, they will make laws. And dont you see that they make these laws only to protect themselves? They have privatized the common good; they have privatized human security. This is why, we cannot blame the victims because they belong to a state which should protect them, even if it means protecting them from themselves: It is not the first time; it had happened many times before. Why where they not forcefully evicted? We are talking about human lives, not just numbers! We are talking about people - mothers, fathers, sons, daughters. People like you and me. And, in the worst-case scenario, the poorest of the poor! This is why I am so angry and ranting and raving. If my ranting and raving would shame those responsible then I would continue .... There is no image to protect... there was none before. The analogy you presented (about a goat) is well understood but it is a mismatch. We are talking about human beings and even if they were there on a suicide mission, it is the government's responsibility to protect them from themselves. This could have been prevented. I get your point. Yes, it is not just the blame game, but we know that a responsible, human-centered governance could have prevented this. This was the basis of our social contract as a nation? a human centered government, a civic centered administration. But today, what we have is political investments where criminals, bandits buy their way into government. And then, legisloot us. My mouth, yes, I am not going to shut up in a long while and I will go beyond SR. Perhaps, you might be interested to read the New York times on October 1st.

@Ibeku-Opi, You've Got Something to Say?

"...and I ask you Mr. learned man, why was the law not enforced if not for corruption? or someone has a God father of some sort? Answer me..."
You remind me of one of those maga boys that blame everything that goes wrong in Nigeria on the corruption and Godfatherism... so if a building falls down, it's got to be corruption; if a goat gets hit by a motorcycle, corruption caused it; if you find a stone in your plate of rice, CORRUPTION CAUSED IT! You're talking about 'other nations going to Mars', do you really think they got there by playing the blame game year-in-year-out? Before you start getting all emotional over some plain, unbiased comment from me, let's get something straight; keep this up and you'll probably be doing the same thing five years from now, blaming some fatal auto-accident on some Nigerian highway on "corruption in the system", or is it, "bandits have taken over"? If a man wants to know where he fell, he had better look where he slipped, and stop transferring his aggression on the system.

"And I ask you, when did number of collapsed buildings in a year become a measure of excellence... So, the progress of Nigeria, in this case, the brilliance of our engineers will be measured from the negative index of 'how many buildings collapsed this year...'" Again, you miss the point. The collapsed building has surely pissed everyone off, including me, but coming to sahara reporters to rant about rotten Nigerian Engineers and rotten Nigerian Architects and rotten Nigerian system is not going to solve any problem. Besides, talking about measures, the only person doing any measuring here is you; you're measuring the competence of all Nigerian Engineers with a 10 year-old uncompleted building that was never finished, exposed to the elements, illegally occupied (the next thing I'd probably be hearing from you is Nigerian rot caused the building to be occupied illegally, that is, if by now you still don't get my point), and already identified as faulty... if you need someone to vent your spleen on, then appeal to the authorities to ensure the owner of the building is prosecuted (or I forgot, the rotten authorities eh, you probably believe they'd let him go because they're corrupt right?)

"...please stop abusing my sensibilities when you project the image that nothing is going wrong only because you are benefiting from a rotten system... You ought to be ashamed that you even made effort to justify what is evil as normal and shovel it under the carpet. Or, are you one of them? I mean one of those who have fleaced on us for more than 50 years?" First of all, I'm not projecting the image that nothing's going wrong; that would be just plain stupid. Secondly, I'm not justifying any shortcomings in our country as normal. But until people stop ranting each time something goes wrong, and start seeking out the whys and hows from a clear, unbiased point of view, focusing on possible solutions rather than the problems, THESE PROBLEMS WILL KEEP STARING AT YOU IN THE FACE!!! Now people know they had better be careful who they give building contracts to; now people know better than to stay in a building that has been singled out as dangerous and liable to collapse. Thirdly, no I am not benefitting from the rotten system... do you always sound like this? Or are you sounding this way because you feel insulted? Like I said earlier, my apologies if my words seem harsh, but just so you'd know, I'm just a young Nigerian seeking out solutions to the various challenges facing our nation today, and being careful not to join the Whiners' Club, because believe me, I've been there, and one thing I can tell you is this, whining won't get us anywhere, except make us seem more and more powerless as we focus on the problems till we get frustrated and blame every wrong thing on the "rotten system" (there's a fly in my soup! The bandits have taken over! Aaaarrrgh!) WAKE UP.

@ Ashford Eteala, are you one of them???

As you wrote, "Why would anybody stay in a building that has been under construction for 10 years plus, that the government has ordered to be brought down, that warnings have been issued time and time again for people to leave"...

and I ask you Mr. learned man, why was the law not enforced if not for corruption? or someone has a God father of some sort? Answer me?

And then again you wrote , "if you like, keep using the "Nigerian Factor" term to label the stupid mistakes that have been made and say Nigerians cannot build a house because one controversial building fell; how many buildings fell this year?"

It is people like you that Dr. Adesanmi refers to as having a nostalgia for underdevelopment. And I ask you, when did number of collapsed buildings in a year become a measure of excellence? or as a proof that your engineers who passed through your glorified high schools actually know what they are doing? That they were given the right condition and environment to study what they ought to have studied? So, the progress of Nigeria, in this case, the brilliance of our engineers will be measured from the negative index of "how many buildings collapsed this year?". listen to yourself again. While other nations are going to Mars you are still measuring the standard of our development by asking how many buildings did not fall this year? Ok, last year alone, just last year, by the time I stopped counting, there were over 30 collapsed buildings most still under construction killing is builders!!! And so please stop abusing my sensibilities when you project the image that nothing is going wrong only because you are benefiting from a rotten system! Wake up!

You ought to be ashamed that you even made effort to justify what is evil as normal and shovel it under the carpet. Or, are you one of them? I mean one of those who have fleaced on us for more than 50 years?

Nigeria,

Nigeria, Nigeria,Nigeria!!!but why???How???when???...FED UP!!!

Get the Facts Before Running Your Mouth

"Engineers that cannot build a house"... "rot manifesting"... "Nigeria is crashing down"... did you get the facts before running your mouths? Nowadays more and more people seem to enjoy listening to themselves talk and end up missing the true message... Why would anybody stay in a building that has been under construction for 10 years plus, that the government has ordered to be brought down, that warnings have been issued time and time again for people to leave, and in spite of all this, an extra floor was being added to the two floors already in existence? The controversy surrounding that building did not start today; people just refused to read the handwriting on the wall, and when the poop hits the fan, they blame it on the "manifesting rot" of the "Nigerian System"... if you like, keep using the "Nigerian Factor" term to label the stupid mistakes that have been made and say Nigerians cannot build a house because one controversial building fell; how many buildings fell this year?

Looking out for every opportunity to take a jab at the "Nigerian System" will not help things get better... Just so you'd know, as far as the "Nigerian Factor" or "Nigerian Problem" is concerned, as long as you're a Nigerian, you are either part of the problem or part of the solution... if all you do is complain that bandits have taken over and Nigerian engineers cannot build houses, then you're just an onlooker, and every onlooker is either a traitor, or a coward, or both... my apologies if I offend you with my harsh words, but let us not miss out the lessons we have to learn from this tragedy; after all, in this life, we either win or we learn. We only fail when we are unwilling to learn from our mistakes and become wiser.

wow...this is what Naija has

wow...this is what Naija has become. It;s akk crashing down!!

Nigerian Engineers!

Oh yes! sign of the times. Evidence of the products of Nigerian universities. This time under the current crop of Nigerian engineers and architects. Now imagine Nigerian medical doctors, Nigerian pharmacists, Nigerian teachers who are products of the glorified high schools called Universities? Imagine that you will be a patient of an Edo State university trained medical doctor? Imagine that? The problem is that it is those who actually did not study but paid or "settled" their way through university are the same ones who can afford to buy those contracts to build the houses... And because they are certificate based and not genuine engineers why should we be surprised? IBB take note... the mess started with you! Yar'adua, wherever you are, can you see the mess? while your family and cabals were living a cavalier kind of life, and the idiots we call senators and house of representatives are looting and robbing us daily, the Nigerian universities were on strike for a minimum living wage for almost 8 months... This is what you get when criminals and bandits have taken over a state... Oh, it is just the beginning... very soon, we will begin to import toothpicks (or have we already started?) from china because we cannot manufacture them...Yes the rot is manifesting... so many thousands of engineers and they cannot even build a house! Not that is their fault, they are just caught up, victims of a bandit state... Bankole, Mark... this is a crime against humanity... history will never forgive you!!!

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