By TERYIMA ANDREW-
The Jos Metropolitan Development Board (JMDB), the agency responsible for quality assurance of physical structures in Plateau state, said it have uncover 2000 illegal structures that might likely be demolished by it agency.
JMDB acting general manager, Kefas John Yilrwang, made the revaluation Friday in Jos, in an interview with press men, shortly after an expanded stakeholders meeting of Architects, Building Engineers, Quantity Survivors, and other stakeholders in the building industry.
Mr. Yilrwang told Journalists that 8 houses within the Jos metropolis have been marked for immediate demolition, following an order by the deputy governor of the state, Prof Sonni Tyoden, when he paid an on the spot assessment of the recently collapsed 3 storey building in Jos, that consumed 14 lives, living many with fractures.
“There are 8 structures we have marked for demolition; we are only awaiting legal backing to swing into action, we have to bring them down.”
“Currently, there are 2000 structures we have identified to be illegal, though not all of the illegal houses are substandard, but they did not undergo approval from legitimate authority for construction.”
The public have to bear with the agency, our action is aim at saving lives.” He appeal.
Mr. Yilrwang revealed further that the agency is restricted form demolishing some illegal and defected structures in some parts of the Jos metropolis, following constitution of the (Jos Mater Plan) which covers about six local government areas apart from the state capital Jos.
He therefore urged the state assembly to review the 1974 laws that gives the agency powers in demolishing any illegal and defected structure in the state without harassment.
He also said sometimes, the agency do experience mop action from members of the public against it staffers while carrying out their legitimate functions on defecting strictures.
The JMDB boss said the Agency is lacking in major equipment and professional manpower to effectively satisfy structures for human habitation.
The stakeholders expressed disappointments over impersonations of professionals such as Architects, building Engineers, Housing Quantity Survivors and Town Planners, but mere messing.
The meeting noted with great concern that most building materials used in the country are substandard, and are used by quarks, rather than registered professionals.
It was uncovered that the JMDB and most professional building engineers practicing in the state do not have have non use morden integrity testing facility of structures.
Stakeholders tasked JMDB not to allow any construction site that do not undergo analysis by professionals.
They advised that every standard building should have undergone electrical and machinery checks by professionals.
The meeting resolved that professionals in the building industry in the state shall meet the governor of Plateau state one on one to discuss modalities towards preventing Quakers taking over the jobs of legitimate professionals, thereby risking lives of citizens.