Lagos tasks builders’ on innovation, new construction process
Towards realising the vision of affordable housing for Nigerians, the Lagos State Government has called on professional builders to simplify the process of building construction to enable prospective homeowners acquire the needed know-how.
The State’s Commissioner for housing, Gbolahan Lawal believed that coming up with a building application mixed with minimal guide from professionals could help in reducing slums, economy of scale and eliminating deficit in the housing sub-sector.
Addressing members of the Lagos State Chapter of Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB), led by the state Chairman, Mrs. Adenike Sa’id in Alausa, he said as a veritable body in the housing sector, the institute should be in the forefront of coming up with innovative ideas which would give residents standard new buildings. He pointed out that they must also embark on more research on how to finance affordable housing for the citizens.
“Let us look at what is the problem with financing affordable housing? That is one area we must pay attention to. We must look at the issues militating against cheap and affordable housing. On our part, we are trying, but we also rely on the institutes like NIOB to come up with a model for building a-62 square metres at reduced cost in Yaba, Somolu and the rest.”
“Come up with application that will serve the public good and you would still make your money. For example; an application for a two-bedroom apartment; what do you need; eight bags of cement, you need certain quantity of sand, certain number of block; either nine inches or 12 inches so that a lot of people would have their own home easily”, he said.
He said the state government was working hard to reduce the occurrence of collapsed building through the training of craftsmen in the state and encouraging developers to come up 100 blocks of 16-in-one so that residents wouldn’t need to build their own home. He assured them that the ministry would involve NIOB members to serve as facilitators in its upcoming training programmes in November.
Accordingly, he commended the body for its robust relationship with the ministry of housing, urging it to sustain the supports in the interest of the built industry in the state and Nigeria at large.
Chairman of the Institute, informed the commissioner that the visit was to get the ministry involved in the line up of activities for its annual general meeting tagged “FESTAC 2016” scheduled for November 2016.She said the institute has been in the clamour for the engagement of registered members who must have been thoroughly trained and in possession of requisite equipment to execute any project.
“We are looking at a situation whereby our members show other professionals that the following the ethics of the building profession. In the area of drawing, we believed that drawing couldn’t translate to the real building, so we you need someone to translate the drawings into reality and our members have been well groomed in this.”
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