Why State Govt Cultivates Culture Of Regular Inspection, Maintenance, Repair Of Buildings

REGULAR inspection and maintenance of infrastructure, such as building is vital for the longevity of building. The Delta State Government in its quest to ensure the longevity of the existing public infrastructure and to create health environment embraced and embarked the culture of regular maintenance of the public buildings across the state.
The maintenance culture, especially, the on-going rehabilitation or renovation of public schools, health institutions and others across the state strengthen and make the buildings structural buildings stronger to withstand extreme weather, especially, to withstand the scorching and hash impacts of the global warming.
The sustainability of the maintenance culture of the public infrastructures by the state government over the years, call for commendation. The practice which commenced during the administration of the former Chief James Ibori, was successfully sustained by Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has wisely kept the flag flying.
This policy of maintenance embraced by the successive state governments in the state, according to observation, has not only strengthened the structure and longevity of the buildings, but has provided security for the landed property of the against people encroaching into it, by erection of security walls.
This security mechanism, which saw the maintenance and erection of the security walls of academic institutions across the state, was introduced by the former Ibori administration. The policy however protected or prevented the encroachment into the public schools and health institutions against land speculators, especially, in Asaba, the state capital, Warri, Ughelli, Sapele and others.
The regular inspection and maintenance culture of public infrastructure in the state by the state government, as a matter of fact, is a plus to the socio-economic drive or development of the state, because the sustained programme, as proactive measure against building collapse – related incident has saved the state from recording such incidence.
Our respondents, while commending the state for it proactive measure, called for the sustenance of the policy, for enhancement of longevity of the structures to avert the occurrence of building collapse, which is retrogressive economically.
Poor maintenance of buildings, according to research, enhance the level of the deterioration, paving way for damping of wall and the growing of green organism, which prevents direct contact of the wall with the energy from the sun, in the process, making the wall to be colder and loose more heat.
The introduction of slipped tiles allows cold draughts. Ivy on walls reduces solar gain as well as exacerbating damp by preventing evaporation from the wall surface and leading to loss of pointing through root action. Flaking paintwork on windows allows in water that causes warping and then draughtiness.
Before repair, the cause of the problem must be identified and dealt with as far as possible: treating symptoms (a damp wall) without addressing the cause (a leaking down-pipe) is pointless. If new materials or detailing are introduced, these should match the original as closely as possible, unless flaws in the original construction have caused problems.