Lagos – Unclear with the current policy over domestication of the National Building Code, the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) has called for clarification from the National Assembly.
The body said further explanation from the legislators would aid the smooth implementation of the Building Code both at the state and local government levels.
Kenneth Nduka, president of the institute, made the call, during the just concluded 48th annual general meeting and national conference of the body, which held at the NAF Conference Centre, Abuja last week.
The president, who raised several others, requested that professionals be given their assigned roles in project procurement and delivery processes, beginning from conceptualization of the project through to the implementation and eventual handover.
“Government should pay closer attention to the use that our land resources are being put. Appropriate development mapping has to be put in place so that optimal utilisation of land resources for infrastructural and other economic uses could be roughly matched.
“Special attention should be paid to the quality of building materials being imported or manufactured in the country to support such right product specifications that will support collapse free buildings.”
Nduka appealed that government should show greater commitment to the fight against corruption by ensuring that factors that lead to project abandonment, building collapse, nonpayment for duly approved payment certificates for works certified as done, should all be investigated, prosecuted and promptly dealt with, to serve as a deterrent to potential offenders.
In addition, he insisted that government should rely on the importance of good quality, eco-friendly housing infrastructure development; as well as encourage all high institutions of learning, to open up functional faculties of environmental studies, with specific interest in the building departments.
This approach, the Builder disclosed, will boost the number of required professionals who will be able to confront headlong, the challenges of housing delivery in the country.
“The ongoing campaign for development of skilled artisans and craftsmen should be embraced by all. The Federal Ministry of Education, through the National Board for Technical Education, has granted awarding body status to the Nigerian Institute of Building. All training centres for building vocations nationwide should accordingly seize the opportunity to register with the institute so that their products could be assessed and certified under the National Skills Qualification Framework.
“Our target is that the institute continues to strengthen its position by increasing its membership, ensuring a strong management team at the helm who will provide and add value to members and contribute actively as the important stakeholders to the building industry. With the commitment of all concerned, our hope is that the Nigerian Institute of Building, the built environment industry, and the Federal Government of Nigeria will be able to flourish and elevate our status to the next development pinnacle.”