By Kingsley Adegboye

Built environment professionals who gathered at the just concluded Builders’ Conference/Annual General Meeting of the Lagos state chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Building NIOB, have reiterated the need for professional bodies in the built sector to collaborate for effective delivery of projects in the country.

The theme of the two-day event was “Regulatory Authorities: Penacea for Building Project Delivery in Lagos”.

The Chairman of the event who is the Lagos state Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Anifowose Abiola, an architect and a town planner, said professional bodies in the built environment need to collaborate among themselves for effective delivery of housing projects.

Stressing that team work is important as professionals, Abiola however, pointed out that various professions should maintain their status quo, saying “Let everybody maintain their name in the built environment. If you are a town planner, remain a town planner, do your layout and don’t dabble into other people’s areas of competence.

“A town planner will do the layout, after that, architects will take over the project from there, engineers and builders respectively will play their own roles on the project. It is not proper for professionals to dabble into jobs outside their fields. However, with collaboration, we will achieve effective project delivery as well as eliminate quackery in the built environment professions”, the Commissioner assured.

In his goodwill message, the President, Nigerian Institute of Building, Mr. Kenneth Nnabuife Nduka, said unique ancient structures such as the Acropolis at Athens during the Greek Classical era, the Great Wall of China, the Ziggurats of Mesopotemia, and the Great Pyramids of Egypt are all but high points of human achievement outcomes that discipline, knowledge, skills, competencies, capacity and synchronised leadership could yield.

Nduka who is a fellow of NIOB, added that these unique infrastructure were built through applicable methodology and production processes that were effectively managed by experts who had to ensure the achievement of proficient, structurally stable, safe and successful delivery.

He said such was the reign of master builders whose roles, by the exigences of modern day paradigms, have broadly extended to include the responsibility for situating applicable work methodologies, managing the building construction process on site, planning and programming of work, and ensuring that the parameters of time, cost, quality, structural integrity and public safety are adhered to in all the perspectives of building project delivery.

“Historically, the building profession was organised in the Western world in response to the emergencies of the industrial revolution, evolving most empirically as a specialisation distinct from the parent professions as we may observe such as architecture, engineering, surveying and others.

It essentially complements those forerunners within the ambit of organised planning and implementation methodologies. This explains why built environment professionals need to work together in collaboration for effective project delivery”, NIOB president stated.

The General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency, Shodeinde Olalekan Nurudeen, an engineer, in his submission noted that there is no development guide to regulate construction activities in the state, pointing out that only qualified professionals should be engaged in construction activities to ensure quality project delivery.

He also emphasised the use of standard building materials in project execution, as standard building materials will determine durability of buildings.

In her welcome address earlier, Chairman, Lagos state chapter of NIOB, Mrs. Adenike Said, disclosed that it is the responsibility of professional builders who are at the centre of building construction to deliver with relevant stakeholders, sustainable shelter that will address the housing needs of the nation through research and development coupled with global best practices.

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