The Nigerian Institute of Building, has called on Nigerian governments to be more proactive, to forestall poor production of building constructions leading to the death of many citizens of the country.
Speaking on behalf of the Institute in a news conference in Bauchi on Friday, Mr Kunle Awobodu, National President, Nigerian Institute of Building, said the call was necessary due to frequent building collapses in the country.
Awobodu, who was represented by Mr Mohammad Garba, Bauchi State Chairman of Builders, called on governments at all levels to be more proactive in order to forestall poor construction s of building that lead to the death of many citizens of the country.
He lamented that the country was still plagued with crisis of building collapse, despite the commendable efforts of the government to ensure professionalism in the construction of buildings in the country.
“With the appropriate and commendable system that the Nigerian government has put in place to ensure professionalism in the production of buildings in Nigeria, why is the nation still plagued with the sordid crisis of building collapse that continues to injure and kill innocent people to the detriment of national development and Nigeria international image?
“Absolutely without doubt, the Nigerian government was proactive by taking pre-emptive measures installing a system that has been producing professional builders.
“However, the second phase that should complement the initial proactiveness of the government is the institutionalisation of a mechanism that will ensure building production on sites is managed by professional builders,” he said.
He further appealed that the simple approach that had just been adopted by Lagos State government in its new building regulations, should be emulated across the country with commitment and enforcement in line with global best practices.
Awobodu also stressed that the Nigerian Institute of Building had earmarked March 13, as the annual sober reflection to commiserate with bereaved families of those who lost their lives in buildings that were developed by quacks.