An expert in the building industry has identified the need for adequate training for artisans in the industry as a means of curtailing the incidence of building collapse in the country.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Shelter_Watch Initiative, Mr. Segun Olutade, stated this at a one-day seminar organised by Shelter_Watch Initiative in conjunction with the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development and the Lagos State chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB), in Lagos.
Olutade who spoke on â€œThe role of artisans in the mega_city of our dreamâ€, asserted that artisans have input in almost all the building development but regretted their neglect in the construction process. He called for the preparation of a data base for the trained artisans, such as bricklayers, tiles
layers, carpenters, welders, painters, plumbers and electricians, to make them more organised and accountable for their actions in construction development.â€œOne important group that has been highly neglected in the building/construction industry today is our artisans.
While less than five per cent of buildings in Nigeria are built without inputs from our artisans, over 60 per cent of buildings in Nigeria today are in existence without inputs from our professionals.
â€œThe neglect of this important but unorganised group has not only been responsible for most of the problems in the built environment, it has also led to the dearth of qualified artisans and increase in generational gap, and thus our youths are not ready to take over from our ageing artisans