Disturbed by the frequent cases of collapsed buildings in different parts of the country, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has called for legislation to regulate the activities of workers in the construction and building industry.
Okowa, while declaring open the 18th National Executive Council, NEC, meeting of National Union of Civil Engineering Construction, Furniture and Wood Workers, NUCECFWW in Asaba, Delta State, said that investments in the construction and building industry have been undermined by substandard jobs, unethical conduct and sharp practices.
He said: “It is time to push for appropriate legislation that will regulate the training, licensing, hiring and compensation of workers in the construction and building industry. That is the way to fish our bad eggs, and enthrone standard and excellence in the industry because the construction and building industry is so strategic that it cannot be left for every Tom, Dick and Harry.
” Describing the theme for the meeting, Infrastructure and Policy Development: Panacea for Economic Growth, as apt, he said: “A good economy is built on the ability of the government to improve the welfare of the people by providing basic infrastructure, public amenities and social services.
“The level of infrastructure development in any society has a direct correlation with national development. It is a good indicator of its economic growth and when the infrastructure is sophisticated in nature, it earns the country a respectable status in the comity of nations.”