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Building collapse: Okowa calls for legislation to check quacks

*Advocates aggressive campaign on Rhesus disease

By Festus Ahon

ASABA—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.”

In another development, Governor Okowa has stressed the need for aggressive advocacy and awareness campaign to educate Nigerians on how to avoid Rhesus disease.

Speaking when Prof Angela Okolo led a consortium of Consultants for the Universal Rhesus Elimination, CARE-Task Force, to pay him a courtesy visit in Asaba, Okowa decried the lack of adequate awareness among the people about the disease which he observed has caused untold hardship to parents.

He said, “We are very much aware of the impact of Rhesus disease on some families. But most families are ignorant about the disease and most often, they suffer a lot of pains due to its effects.”


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