By Festus Ahon
UGHELLI â€“THE Nigeria Institute of Building, NIOB, has called for the enforcement of minimum standard in the building industry in the country.
Delivering a keynote address during the 40th Annual General Meeting, AGM of the Institute, Minister for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Engr. Nduese Essien, decried the increase in the rate of collapsed building in the country, urging the institute to put machinery in motion to check the influx of quacks into the building industry.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Engr. Anthony Zed, Essien, said that the trend has become a source of concern to the government, adding that resources invested in collapsed buildings cannot be ploughed back for use.
According to him, â€œthe Lagos State government has directed that builders of sky scrappers and buildings higher than two storeys should obtain building permit before erecting such structures in a bid to reduce incessant cases of collapsed buildings in the state.â€
Earlier, President of the institute, Dachollom Jambol, said the institute has been in place for 40 years, adding that any organisation that has existed for 40 years must have perfected its workings. He said that the AGM with the theme, Risk Management in Construction was aimed at bringing stakeholders together to brainstorm on possible collapse of buildings in Nigeria and formulate procedure to eradicate the trend.
According to him, â€œthe frequent rate of building collapse in Nigeria and elsewhere would give many and potential builders cause to worry on how to mitigate the menace,â€ noting that risk was a global phenomenon.
While attributing collapse of buildings in the country to unprofessionalism and poor quality of building materials, he urged members of the public to involve professionals in the construction of building.