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NIOB seeks passage of National Building Code

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[files] Site of a collapsed building at Lagos. PHOTO: NAN

Mr Chucks Omeife, former President, Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) has urged the Federal Government to take the National Building Code as an Executive Bill and accelerate its passage at the National Assembly.

Omeife told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Sapele that the development would help to checkmate quacks in the profession and, by implication, reduce building collapse.
“Building collapse is an accident waiting to happen and it is a product of quacks.

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“The unfortunate thing is that in spite of all the advocacies by the institute, government has still not put in place a firm regulation to assist the industry the way it is segmented.

“The National Building Code has made extensive provision to checkmate building collapse but the issue has not been taken seriously by government.

“Government should take the issue of the National Building Code as an Executive Bill and fast track its passage at the National Assembly.

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“It is something that pertains to the welfare of Nigerians. When building collapses, many lives and investment are lost, while some are maimed forever.

“It is the basic fundamental of the government to protect lives and property,” he said.

The former NIOB president said that the institute had been discussing the building code issue with the Federal Government since 2006, adding that nothing had changed.

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He said that the executive bill would provide enabling laws and prescribe punitive measure for non- compliance with the building code.

Omeife, however, urged other states to emulate the Lagos government and domesticate their building code to minimise building collapse.

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“Lagos has taken the issues of builders’ documents as a condition for giving building plan approval, aside submitting the structural design and safety plan programmes of work.

“I am very sure that if this issue is taken seriously by other states, the incidences of building collapse will reduce to the nearest minimum, if not totally eradicated,” Omeife said.
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