Strategies for improving competencies of personnel in construction industries to reduce building collapse in Oyo State

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Olabiyi, O. S.
Ologban, J. A
Chinedu, N. N
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A Publication of the Department of Adult Education, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.
Incidences of building collapse have been on the increase recently in Nigeria, in general, and in Lagos State in particular. This has become a threat to the health, comfort, and life of the building users and their properties. Therefore, this study was designed to ascertain the strategies for improving competencies of personnel in construction industries so as to reduce building collapse in Lagos state. A descriptive survey research design was adopted. The population for the study consisted of 250 respondents; 180 technical teachers in post-secondary technical institutions and 70 professionals in construction industries. Structured questionnaire containing 23 items was used for data collection. Two research questions and two hypotheses, tested at .05% level of significance, guided the study. Mean and standard deviation were used to answer the research questions, while t-test statistics was employed to test null hypotheses. The findings of the study among others revealed: that strategies of improving construction personnel required skill including understanding physical properties of construction materials, understand the nature and types of soil in addition, determining the work load and capacity of construction. It was recommended that Federal Government through standard organization of Nigeria (SON) should ensure that building materials of good quality and standard and empower town planner to supervise materials used and Technical institutions in Nigeria should be empowered to train their students in actual work situations so as to give them competencies required to adopt appropriate construction methods and techniques and effectively manage materials during construction activities.
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Competence; , Strategies, , Technical institutions , Building collapse , Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Education
Olabiyi, O. S., Ologban, J. O. & Chinedu, N. N. (2010). Strategies for improving competencies of personnel in construction industries to reduce building collapse in Oyo State. International Journal of Continuing and Non Formal Education, 7(2), 92-106