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NIOB laments impediments to national building code

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The Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) has called on the federal government to make the national building code operational in the country.

President of the Institute, Kunle Awobodu made the call at the maiden edition of Builders’ Day held across the country in honour of victims of over 20 persons including a pupil who lost their lives at the Ita-Faaji five Storey building collapse last year.

The maiden edition featured prayers and laying of wreaths in remembrance of those who lost their lives during the collapse, distribution of souvenirs to members of the public, walk for enlightenment for zero building collapse and thanksgiving service. The gathering was attended by a legal luminary, Femi Falana, national and Lagos state’s chapter executives of NIOB, students and building artisans, among others.

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Awobodu stated that any nation bereft of building codes is vulnerable to inappropriate construction. He charged the federal government to yield to yearnings of stakeholders in the built industry who have for long been orchestrating the need for building construction in Nigeria to be guided by the national building code.

The President enjoined the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola not to relent in his efforts at overcoming the stumbling blocks that have been delaying the use of the national building code in Nigeria.

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He said, “The executive, legislative and judicial arms of government and state governments should endeavour, without further delay to make the national building code operational at every locality across the country.

According to him, professional builders must take their rightful place in building production process and strive to meet the expectation of the people in the constant and successful delivery of quality, affordable, safe and durable building.

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“Our nation needs not to continue to waste lives and property while it has stocks of specialists with the appropriate body of knowledge for the construction of lasting and sustainable buildings.

Owners of buildings are required to do due diligence and are also entitled to the safe building in addition to value for money.

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Awobodu observed that building collapse casts a dent and a slur on the national image. “We enjoin all public-spirited individual and organisations to join in this campaign, do your part, build right, use the right professional for construction and support professional builders. Stakeholders in the building industry should promote the discipline where the right person does what he or she is trained for. From manufacturers of building materials to artisans and professional, the culture of doing it right must be embraced in all states of the federation.”

In a related development, the newly inducted graduates into the folds of NIOB has been implored to adhere to fundamental ethics of the profession, and consistently deploy the highest standard of creativity in practice.

Awobodu, led the call at the induction of 32 graduates of the department of building, the University of Lagos into the graduate cadre of the institute in Lagos. The forum was attended by the national and states’ executive of the NIOB, and officials of the department of building, UNILAG led by the head of the department, Prof Olumide Adenuga.

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Awobodu declared that the essence of the induction was to encourage them to be focused as young practitioners beginning a fresh journey in the building profession.

In a presentation, the head of the department of building, Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech), Lagos, Aladeloba Adeshina Emmanuel encouraged the graduates to see reasons and the need to follow through in the profession rather than quitting the practice.

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In a charge the Dean, faculty of environmental Sciences, Mike Adebamowo represented by Prof. ‘Leke Oduwaye who observed that spheres of operations in the building profession are diverse, urged the graduates to hold on to the opportunity the induction offers them, serve the institute and the profession well with good attitude assuring that avenue to prosper will surely come.

Earlier, Prof Adenuga had encouraged the young professionals to abide by the rules and regulations of the building profession, lead with integrity, protect the name of their institution through good conducts, and reach out to elders of the profession for advice whenever they are at a crossroad.

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