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Towards a coherent implementation of safe building laws and regulations in Cameroon: law, gowernance and institutional imperatives

Tene, Claude Bernard; Omer, Siddig; Mempouo, Blaise


Claude Bernard Tene

Siddig Omer

Blaise Mempouo


Over the last decade a sustained pattern of building collapse and fire outbreaks has been observed in various West African countries such as Cameroon, Nigeria and Ghana. This has become a serious concern amongst building practitioners and to the public authorities in these countries given the extensive loss of housing investment and human lives. The main reasons for the increased collapse of buildings include poor inspection and monitoring, structural defects, defective design/structure, illegal conversion and alterations and most importantly non-adherence to existing building regulations and laws. This article examines the scope of implementation and enforcement of safe building legislation and regulations in Cameroun. It identifies the existing national building regulations and the factors that limit their implementation. The article utilized various data collected through questionnaires and interviews to support the finding that although there are extensive norms and regulations dealing with planning matters there is a lack of technical building regulations and control in the country and that the existing regulations are not effectively implemented. Generic suggestions are made for a coherent implementation of current laws and regulation for safety in the construction industry.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Nov 30, 2017
Journal Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy
Electronic ISSN 2467-8406
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Issue 2
Pages 87-109
APA6 Citation Tene, C. B., Omer, S., & Mempouo, B. (2017). Towards a coherent implementation of safe building laws and regulations in Cameroon: law, gowernance and institutional imperatives. Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy, 8(2), (87-109). doi:10.4314/jsdlp.v8i2.5. ISSN 2467-8406
Keywords Building Policy, Building Regulations, Implementation, Safety, Africa
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