Buildings are collapsing in Lagos, Ibadan, Abeokuta, Kaduna, Kano and other Nigerian cities.
The latest incident in Abuja killed two people.
‘This is gradually becoming a national nightmare and embarrassment,’ according to the editors of Leadership, a Nigeria newspaper.
The reasons for the building collapses are cited as negligence, ineptitude, and most prominently, corruption.
‘There are government agencies set up to ensure that buildings comply with laid-down regulations and meet certain standards,’ the editorial said. ‘These agencies are sustained by taxpayers, but they are not interested in doing what is right.’
Building collapses in Egypt, India, Bangladesh, and China have also been blamed on illegal practices in construction and use made possible by graft.
Richard L. Cassin is the Publisher and Editor of the FCPA Blog. He can be contacted here.