The Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) has urged the built environment professional organisations and regulatory bodies to ensure provision of sustainable and collapse-free buildings to the public.
Mr Kenneth Nduka, NIOB President, made the call on Tuesday in Abuja at the opening of the NIOB 48th Builders’ Conference and Annual General Meeting, marking its Golden Jubilee.
Nduka also called on the private sector, stakeholders and Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) at all levels of government in the country to collaborate with the institute to meet housing needs of the citizens.
He urged the government to respect, operationally apply and statutorily enforce the unique roles of builders in all aspects of building project delivery initiatives.
According to the president, if the built environment must be served functional, affordable and safe housing stock we must not compromise the future environment with wrong activities of quacks in the sector.
“The operational space of the building industry must be allowed to experience proper interpretation and translation of design and shop drawings effective material scheduling and procurement.
“The industry must be allowed for efficient construction risks mitigation and management, responsive work programming and time scheduling, buildability and maintainability assessment that will reconcile the construction methods and guarantee economic integration,” he said.
Nduka called for the unique role of builders to be harvested for national development.
In his address of welcome, Sir Alderton Ewa, Chairman, AGM Planning Committee advised the built professionals to identity themselves with the challenges of the built environment.
Ewa urged the professional builders to contribute maximum prowess toward the achievement of responsive housing sector that would address the needs of the society.
These, he said, could be achieved by using unified and approved building control laws and building code of practice as guide.
The AGM and conference, scheduled to hold from July 31 to August 3 has its theme as “The Housing Sector in National Economic Development”.
The conference featured presentation of various awards and service medal to past presidents, while induction of new corporate members will hold on Aug. 3.