Experts in the building profession have attributed incessant building collapse in the country to quacks who, according to them, members of the public prefer to contract in the construction of their buildings.
This was the position of Nigeria Institute of Building, NIOB, Wednesday in Benin at the induction of Builder (Mrs) Abiona-Omole Aina Evelyn as the first female fellow of the Institute in Edo State.
Thirty members were inducted across the country through zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in line with the NCDC guildlines on the pandemic.
Speaking, Gabriel Omoruyi, Chairman, NIOB, Edo State chapter, noted that quacks practising in the profession led to the incessant building collapse, just as he described anyone who is not licensed by the law as a quack.
Further decrying quackery in the profession, Omoruyi noted that every profession has regulary agency that regulate it activities, stressing that anyone who has not be licensed by the Council of Registered Builders should not be regarded as builder.
He warned that if not quick checked, after Boko Haram killings the next killer awaiting Nigeria and Nigerians is building collapse.
” Whether you like it or not, after Boko Haram, the next killer issue is building collapse. The society must recognise this fact. And the problem why building collapse is common these days is due to quackery. The question you may ask, who is a quack, a quack is simply someone is not enabled by the law to practice in a particular profession. Every profession has a regulary agency that regulate their practices.
“It pains that the Nigeria society has not come to recognise that there is a difference in building, building construction, and management. So, when it comes to the building of projects, it is the main function of a builder,” the chairman said.
Commenting further on Abiona-Omole as the first female to be inducted as fellow of the Institute in the state, Omoruyi said she must have worked hard to have attained the position, just as he added that the Institute don’t just give the position which he described as peak, nor does the Institute sell it out to unworthy persons.
” Nigeria Institute of Building don’t just give fellow; it is not purchased; it is a product of hardwork. To see a female, and the first female to attain this height, it is a thing of great joy,” he added.
On her part, the inductee, Abiona-Omole thanked God and her husband for giving her the opportunity to soar higher in her profession.
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Admitting that it was not easy along the way, she noted that it took effort from other professional colleagues for her to succeed at the final stage of the exam.