Author(s): Ikechukwu Muomah
August 28, 2013
The Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) has called on the Federal Government to take the enabling bill, which is supposed to give a legal backing to the National Building Code, as an executive bill to hasten its promulgation by the National Assembly.
It explained that this would avert the frequent collapse of buildings and would restore sanity to the country’s built environment.
National President of NIOB, Chucks A. Omeife, who made the statement on Tuesday at the 43rd Builders Conference/Annual General Meeting in Abuja, said that the policy gap in the built environment regulatory framework and the disconnect between design and construction is still an issue to be addressed.
Lack of enforcement legislation, he said, had given impetus to quacks, who have taken over the industry.
“Despite the various reasons, which have always been chorused for this incidents: use of substandard material, poor workmanship, shoddy works, quackery, etc, there has not been any change to the regulatory framework by the government to show the needed intention and desire to put a stop to this problem,” he said.
Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Ms Amal Pepple, who described the theme of the conference! “Transformation of the Building Industry- Possibilities and Realities,” as apt, said that the building industry is, no doubt, a key driver of the global economy.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mallam Ibrahim Mahe, the minister said that the preponderance of quacks in the built environment is distressing and needs urgent attention.
“Other sharp practices such as the use of inferior building materials, inadequate supervision, change of building design on site after approval, inadequate use of building materials for construction and failing to abide by planning rules and regulations will no longer be tolerated,” she said.