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Fashola wants cases of collapsed building investigated, culprits prosecuted, punished

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Fashola wants cases of collapsed building investigated, culprits prosecuted, punished

Mr Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Housing, says cases of collapsed building should be investigated, culprits prosecuted and punished to curtail the incessant occurrence and protect lives and property.


Fashola said this on Thursday when a delegation of the National Building Code Advisory Committee visited him in Abuja to update him on the activities of the committee.

The minister said the committee should come up with measures that would ensure that people who were involved in erecting buildings that collapsed were investigated, prosecuted and punished to send a message that people could be held accountable for their actions.

According to him, the ugly incident kept reoccurring because nobody had been punished and made an example of wrong doing.

“After every unfortunate incident somebody has not been prosecuted. That is just the example that every society needs, to show that people are answerable when they do not comply with laws.

“There must be consequences for the lives lost and property destroyed, so you do it at your own peril so that a lesson would be learnt and this is how we can protect our people.

“If cases were investigated to a conclusive end and findings were made and culprits brought to book and punished to the knowledge of all the trend will end,’’ Fashola said.

He commended the committee on their work on Liquefied Petroleum Gas Piping to homes, saying that it would contribute to energy generation for the country and ultimately eliminate the era of gas flaring.

The minister said that it would enable many people that fear that gas was unsafe to use it and therefore, boost the economy.

Fashola charged the committee members that while trying to collaborate with state governors to domesticate the building code provisions they should involve other critical stakeholders such as students.

“It is important to involve governors in order to domesticate the code, even at that there are more critical stakeholders which are students.

“Every level of education, from primary to tertiary, should be carried along, for the primary section by breaking the modules so that it is simplified for pupils.

“Pupils should be taught some basic knowledge of essentials of building from childhood; you must have street level conversation so that there is connection with the ordinary people,’’ Fashola said.

He, however, directed the committee to publish the already reviewed building code that was reviewed since 2017 while updating it with new finding when the need arose.

Earlier, the Chairman of the committee, Mr Mohammed Fawaraja said the draft guidelines on the inclusion of liquefied petroleum gas piping in construction of houses into the Nigerian National Building Code has been produced and reviewed by the committee.

He added that the committee monitored new development with regards to policies, programmes and happenings as they concern building, construction nationwide.

Fawaraja said this was to keep members conversant with recent building activities within Nigeria and at the international level to facilitate quality contributions in the discharge of the committee’s assignment.

“The committee noted with appreciation that the Architect Registration Council (APCON) had taken the imitative to ensure that only qualified architects submit drawings for planning approval.

“The committee had discussions on the implication of seismic to buildings in Nigeria. This was prompted by the recent report of earth tremor in some parts of Federal Capital Territory and some part of the country in the past.

“The committee, therefore, set up an ad hoc committee to assess the situation and contact relevant agencies for briefing,’’ he said.

The chairman noted that the information gathered was helpful in making provision in the building code in the future having noted that Nigeria was prone to seismic challenges.

He said the committee was collaborating with organisations such as the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Navy, Federal Fire Service and many other stakeholders in line with Section 3, 1.5 of the code of the committee.

NAN reports that the committee was inaugurated on July 26, 2018 to provide national instrument with guidelines for regulating the building construction across the country. (NAN)

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Edited by Abiodun Oluleye/Felix Ajide

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United States COVID-19 CASES SURPASS 2 MILLION — JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY

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The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States topped 2 million on Wednesday, reaching 2,000,464 as of 11:13 p.m. (0313 GMT Thursday), according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.


Meanwhile, the national death toll of COVID-19 rose to 112,924, according to the CSSE.

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COVID-19: Cases rise to 317 in Oyo as 15 more test positive

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Oyo State has recorded 15 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the state to 317.


The latest figures, released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), on Tuesday night revealed that the 15 cases in Oyo were among the 241 new cases recorded in 14 states.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) of the state COVID-19 Task Force said it would begin the community testing for COVID-19 on Wednesday.

The exercise is to determine the behaviour of the virus in the state.

The testing, expected to hold in 10 locations, will kick off in three different sites in Ibadan.

NAN also reports that the task force, on Tuesday, alerted residents that the ban on religious gathering and the curfew, imposed as a result of the pandemic, still remains in force in the state.

The task force, chaired by Gov. Seyi Makinde, stated that it would not be able to follow the decision by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, which relaxed the ban on religious gathering and the curfew.

It said that the position was informed by the ongoing risk situation analysis being undertaken by a team of experts.

“The task force is awaiting a risk situation analysis report by a team of experts, earlier commissioned to do so.

“The report is expected at the end of the week and it is only after the report has been analysed by the task force that it can be in a position to make further clarifications,’’ it stated.


Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Schools in Singapore reopen

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A primary school student wearing a face mask arrives at school in Singapore on June 2, 2020. Schools in Singapore reopened on Tuesday as the state embarked on a phased reopening from a COVID-19 “circuit breaker” period to curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Then Chih Wey/Xinhua)

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Live COVID-19 updates: Cases in Netherlands top 45,000

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The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.


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THE HAGUE — The number of people who tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the Netherlands exceeded 45,000, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) announced on Saturday.

Since Friday 176 people tested positive to COVID-19, raising the total infections to 45,064. “The actual number of infections with the novel coronavirus is higher than the number mentioned here, because not everyone who may be infected is tested for the virus,” the RIVM stated.

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GAZA — The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza on Saturday reported the first death from COVID-19 in the Palestinian enclave.

In a press statement emailed to reporters, the ministry said the death case is a 77-year-old woman from the district of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip who died at the quarantine hospital near the border with Egypt earlier in the day.

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HANOI — Vietnam reported no new COVID-19 cases for the fifth consecutive day on Saturday, and no local transmission of COVID-19 for 37 straight days, with its total confirmed cases remaining at 324, according to its Ministry of Health.

There are over 14,700 people being monitored and quarantined, with no deaths from the disease reported so far.

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TOKYO — The confirmed COVID-19 cases in Japan increased by 25 to reach 16,543, according to the latest figures from the health ministry and local authorities on Saturday.

The number excludes the 712 cases from the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined in Yokohama near Tokyo.

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BEIRUT — Lebanon’s number of COVID-19 infections rose on Saturday by 11 cases to 1,097 while death toll remained unchanged at 26, the National News Agency reported.

Lebanese officials are adopting localized isolation in some areas to restrict the spread of the virus since they cannot keep the country closed for a long period amid the current economic deterioration.

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DAMASCUS — Eleven new COVID-19 cases were reported in Syria on Saturday, bringing the overall number of infections in Syria to 70, the Health Ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said there are 29 active cases in Syria, 24 of which came from outside the country.

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KATHMANDU — The Nepal Overseas Chinese Business Association has distributed books based on the first-hand experience of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in China.

The “Wuhan in Coronavirus Lockdown: Stories of Courage and Determination” published in Nepali language by Makalu Publication House will be distributed to ministers, leaders, government officials, entrepreneurs, among other prominent figures of Nepal or working in Nepal. The association purchased 200 books from the publisher for distribution on Friday.

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GENEVA — Globally as of Saturday morning, there have been more than 5 million confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to the World Health Organization (WHO), the latest WHO dashboard on the disease showed.

According to the latest WHO figure, as of 9:32 a.m. Geneva time on Saturday, there have been 5,061,476 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 331,475 deaths, reported to WHO.

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