ByÂ Yinka Kolawole
Minister of Lands, HousingÂ Â Â and Urban Development,Â Â Mr. Nduese Essien, has called on professionals in the housing development sector to take new measures to checkmate the activities of quacks in the built environment.
Essien who was speaking at the recently concluded annual conference of estate surveyors and valuers in Lagos, also called for the strengthening of operations in the built sector and the adoption of the provisions of the National Building Code as well as other prescribed building standards
â€œSince nature has insulated us from some of the natural disasters that have devastated other nations, we should not allow criminals under the guise of developers, to continue to waste the lives and resources of our people,â€ he stated.
Meanwhile, the minister has lamented the spate of building collapse in various parts of the country, and called on all professionals and allied groups in the housing and construction sector to come together and find a lasting solution to the problem.
Speaking at a recent seminar in Abuja, Essien said: â€œWe cannot allow this to continue. Let me warn those who engage in illegal construction of houses in the country to be prepared to face the full weight of the law for their crime.
The National Building Code has made wide ranging provisions for how houses should be built in Nigeria. At 50 years, Nigerians should not be faced with the issue of collapsed buildings but the provision of affordable housing in all parts of the country.â€
He appealed to investors to come into the country and partner with the authorities to deliver quality houses to the people, noting that the present administration was tackling the challenges of providing the enabling infrastructure for national growth through the 7_point agenda, to deliver basic infrastructures to all parts of the country.
â€œWhile pursuing the provision of basic infrastructure in the country, the Acting President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has also taken serious action to arrest the poor power situation that has been a source of national embarrassment.
Currently, he has placed the Ministry of Power and Energy under his direct supervision. We want to assure Nigerians and potential investors that very soon, we will overcome the problem in the power sector,â€ he said.