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Professionals tasked on safety in construction sector


President, NIOB Kenneth Nnabuife Nduka

The Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) has stressed the need for collaboration among professional organisations in the sector for policy design that will steers inclusive implementation and deliveries of a safe building industry.

President of the institute, Kenneth Nnabuife Nduka who stated this in an interview with The Guardian, also emphasised that to eliminate the activities of quacks and interlopers, there should be effective synergy among the seven professionals in the sector. He said when the built environment is saved from the damaging consequences of quacks; the journey toward a structurally stable and collapse free setting would be achieved.

According to him, the dividends of professional products and services delivery can better be realised on any project if the participating professionals respectively confine themselves within the demands of their professional expectations and inputs and work together for a common goal of a safe building sector.

Nduka said, “We all need to come together to uphold and actualise our unique and peculiar roles. When we positively close ranks, we will be sufficiently equipping ourselves towards recovering the built environment industry from the vice grip of greedy politicians and voluptuous quacks. Quacks and interlopers include any professional or non professional who performs services that are outside his or her professional knowledge, training or certification”.

“A mechanical engineer who performs the job of an electrical engineer is a quack, an architect who performs the job of a builder is a quack, and the civil engineer who performs the job of a quantity surveyor is a quack. Buildings do not collapse on paper as drawings or designs. Building collapse whenever building production processes are denied the skilful and experienced attention, supervision, and control by dedicated building production managers.

According to him, built professionals as well as the public, need not condemn the sector to avoidable economic wastage traceable to abandoned and failed project deliveries, loss of lives and properties as a result of inevitable collapses.He noted that situation of unsafe environments due to the multiplicity of sick buildings, urban blights and an incoherent league of discordant professionals that fall flat before the intrigues of profiteers must not be allowed to thrive in the sector.

“Builders are the professional production managers, who are trained to translate design, drawings and specifications by engineers and architects into good quality, structurally stable, and safely delivered building projects within the definitive tri-podal paradigms of quality, time, and cost. They must work together with other professionals in the industry”. He added.

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