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Building collapse: ARCON sets up project registration number system

Following the collapse of a building in the Jabi area of Abuja on August 17, the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria says it has set up a projects registration number system to mitigate such incidences.

The ARCON Projects Registration Number system is a mandatory registration number to be issued to all architects practising in Nigeria, for each of their projects, to certify that the projects are designed, handled and executed by Nigerian citizens fully registered to practise in Nigeria, according to the council.

The President, ARCON, Dipo Ajayi, explained that while the APRN was intended to combat the scourge of building failure and collapse through the elimination of quackery, it would also ensure that only fully registered and financially current architects and architectural firms would prepare, produce and submit designs for planning and implementation approval and receive such approvals when given.

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He said, “Architects and architectural firms who are registered with the council are to submit architectural building plans for approval/implementation and are responsible for the supervision of their designs.

“This measure is to complement the old practice of submitting building with a copy of the architect’s current practice licence, the affixing of ARCON stamps, signed by the architect and sealed with the architect’s ARCON seal on each sheet of the drawings submitted for approval; a letter from the client stating that the architect shall be responsible for the supervision of their architectural design during the construction period; the placement of the ARCON Project Registration Number on each sheet of the drawings submitted for approval and the placement of the APRN number, together with the architect’s or architectural firm’s name/registration number, on the project sign board upon commencement of construction.”

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Ajayi said ARCON was also planning to have an enforcement and compliance unit which would ensure that only registered architects handle architectural projects in the country in consonance with the extant laws.

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“These measures put in place by the council are to complement the content and spirit of the National Building Codes which are to ensure that only professionals with the requisite knowledge and expertise of the building process are engaged to carry out building projects and are duly governed by the various Acts in our statute books,” he added.

While commiserating with the families affected by the collapse, Ajayi said the council was saddened by the unfortunate and shocking incidence that resulted in loss of lives, and commended the quick response of the emergency rescue team, led by the National Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Capital Territory Emergency Agency.

Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi

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