The Nigerian Institute of Architects has called on the Imo state government to set up a panel of enquiry into the circumstances surrounding the collapse of a building at the Aboh Mbaise campus of the Imo state University.
Addressing newsmen after inspecting the site, the President of the Institute Mr. Festus Njoku attributed the collapse to neglect on basic construction principles.
Mr. Njoku said there was need to ascertain the competence level of those engaged to construct buildings saying that the Institute would no longer tolerate quackery in building profession.
He advised that an interim test should be carried out on other structures in the site to certify their integrity since the buildings might have been constructed by same contractors that handled the failed one.
The State chairman of the Institute, Dr Basil Agoha said the increasing cases of collapsed structures in the state was due to negligence of safety tips.
He said plans were on to strengthen existing laws guiding building constructions noting that the measures should be put in place to reduce incidents of collapsed buildings in the state.
The collapsed structure was among the completed buildings in the proposed campus which metamorphosed into a State University of Agricultural and Environmental studies at the twilight of the last administration.