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NIOB to embark on building condition survey

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The Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) is embarking on a novel examination of some buildings constructed across the country about 60 years ago.

The Guardian learnt that the ambitious survey of the selected buildings was to commemorate Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary. The buildings should have been constructed before or around the time of Nigeria’s independence.

NIOB President, Mr. Kunle Awobodu, said the output of the survey will be useful to policy makers, researchers, industry practitioners and members of the public interested in quality construction.

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He explained that the condition survey was actuated and driven by the need to relate the life span of the examined buildings to the theoretical lifespan of buildings ( especially the propounded 60- year life span).

Another goal of the survey, Awobodu said, is to relate the performance of those buildings to recently constructed ones or ones constructed much later after Nigeria’s independence.

He claimed that the building condition survey would reveal the state of the buildings with respect to the components, functionality, performance and other parameters. It will guide public discourse, challenge and probe current actions and guide in future projections.

According to him, the condition survey is the NIOB’s contribution to the debate and search for standard and enduring construction.The NIOB President further requested that members of the public should give information to Professional Builders around them on such buildings for further investigation.

“Stakeholders that are interested in history, quality building construction can find the results of the condition survey rich and informative. It could eventually lead to the publication of a compendium on Nigeria’s pre-independence building construction efforts”, he added.

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