The FCT Administration will soon establish a material testing laboratory to ensure that all ongoing construction works meet the requisite integrity, FCT Minister Muhammad Bello has said.

Bello said this when he received Prof. Suleiman Karwai, the Managing Director, Ahmadu Bello University Consultancy Services, who paid him a courtesy a visit on Tuesday in Abuja.

Bello said that the laboratory was imperative to enable the administration to regularly and independently monitor all ongoing projects.

According to him, building collapse can be avoided with strong institutional supervision of both public and private projects.

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He said that the FCTA recent incident of the collapse of the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) building in Gwarinpa II District of Abuja, would be used to correct so many things in the territory.

“I am sure you know that that building in Gwarinpa was not supervised by any of our agencies.

“It was basically handled by the FHA under very lose corporate governance issues because I saw their preliminary report and as you all know, that builder was directed to stop work in March this year.

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“Unfortunately, he continued and because of the weakness in the system, nobody stopped him.”

He said that the incident was an indictment on the entire system.

According to him, the FCT Development Control Department will soon embark on post-development audit of completed houses in Abuja, to ascertain that what was earlier approved, was not changed afterward.

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Bello said that the FCT Administration would also embark on the registration of all material testing laboratories in the territory and also step up surveillance of their facilities for effective control.

Earlier, Karwai said that the purpose of the visit was to strengthen the existing cordial relationship between the university and the FCTA.

He promised to continue to partner with the FCTA in the areas of training, expertise exchange in civil engineering and other infrastructural development knowhow.

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