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20 Oct 2018

Experts fault usage of Ayefele’s partially demolished building

The Building Collapse Prevention Guild, Oyo State Chapter, has raised the alarm over the continued use of the partially demolished building of Yinka Ayefele’s Music House in Ibadan.

The group said it had observed that despite the partial demolition of the building and the danger it posed, people had continue to use it.

“This demolition has had and is still having significant implications on the safety of the building structure as well as those of the occupants, the environment and the environs,” the guild said in a statement signed by its Chairperson, Mr Oye Sobowale, and Secretary, Kunle Olaoye, on Friday .

It noted that in line with international best practices, immediate and appropriate Health, Safety and Environment evaluation and other measures should be carried out following the demolition to avert any “collateral untoward development.”

The BCPG said, “It has been noticed, however, that in spite of the inherent dangers of insidious structural defects and progressive deterioration, which may culminate in total failure, the building is still being inhabited and utilised in its present condition, thereby constituting a clear and present danger to all concerned.
Yinka Ayefele's N800m Music House demolished by the Oyo State Government on Sunday morning
“The continued usage of the structure in its present state and in the absence of appropriate checks and measures to give it a clean bill of structural health is viewed as unhealthy and unethical in these times.”

The BCPG recommended that to mitigate any undesirable scenario that the usage of the partially demolished building for whatever function should be discontinued forthwith with immediate evacuation of users.

It stated that appropriate approvals should be secured for a comprehensive structural integrity test to be carried out on the existing structure and its elements by qualified personnel to ascertain the current status as well as give recommendations for proper and effective renovation works.

It added, “In the same vein as above, appropriate tests should be carried out on all existing electrical, telecommunications and ICT cables to ascertain the current status as well as give recommendations for proper and effective renovation works.”

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