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NIOB urges FG to fund research, seeks integrity in building processes

By Victor Gbonegun
07 March 2022   |   2:02 am
The Nigerian lnstitute of Building (NIOB), has charged stakeholders in the built environment to cultivate the culture of integrity in all building construction stages.

NIOB president, Prof. Yohana Izam

The Nigerian lnstitute of Building (NIOB), has charged stakeholders in the built environment to cultivate the culture of integrity in all building construction stages.

The group also urged the Federal Government to set aside part of the yearly budget to fund research in the industry, promote standard and reduce construction cost.

The Chairman, Lagos state chapter of the institute, Lucky Isaname, gave the charge, while speaking with newsmen on its forthcoming 2022 builders’ day, in Lagos. He said there was need to sensitise stakeholders to build with conscience and comply with approved standard.

Isaname, who was represented by the immediate past chairman, Sunday Wusu, advised the government to be sincere and not take the public for granted in enforcing stipulated building control laws.

He said: “We want to bring to your notice, the revised Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) regulation, which recognised builders’ document as part of production information documents on all building project sites in Lagos State. The builders’ document are project health and safety plan, project quality management plan, construction methodology and construction programme.

“We are reiterating that there is a law in Lagos State that stipulated that non-engagement of registered builders in Lagos State is punishable under LASBCA.

“Building collapse is something that should not happen in the first instance. Building construction is a management/technical process, which is a collaborative efforts/inputs of relevant professionals and state’s Physical Development Control Agency,” he said.

The NIOB boss further said the significance of engaging a registered builder in project is of serious economic advantage to the clients, adding that a building project is seen as a job-giver to the society, a situation where everybody partakes one way or the other that requires someone to manage all the formal and informal infor

The Secretary of the institute, Abiodun Ogundare, urged government agencies to carry out condition survey of building to determine their integrity and mitigate further building collapse in the country.

He disclosed that the chapter was collaborating with the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and other government agencies to determine building materials that are good for building construction.

Ogundare noted that a major factor for building collapse in Nigeria was sub-standard building materials.

Contributing, a member of the executive, Mr. Olusesan Phillips, reiterated that the national body of NIOB has in the past advised the Federal government on ways it can help to reduce the cost of building materials through reduction of tax imposed on materials manufacturers.

According to him, the institute will continue to engage the government at both federal and state level towards improving the built-up sector.

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