President of the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB), Kenneth Nduka has said that lack of knowledge about building code in the National Assembly has made the National Building Code bill suffer persistent rejections since its inception.
Nduka, who made the above statement during then NIOB 2019 Fellows Assembly held in Abuja explained that the government needs to give statutory support for enforcement and a particular bench mark to curb building collapse in the nation.
“We expect government to give us the enablement in statutory enforcement that will only be achieved if the national building code is put in such a manner that it can be operationalized.
“Why the building code hasn’t enjoyed full attention is that those who are discussing it do not understand the essence of the building code. The building code is dynamic and the government should give us a statutory support for enforcement and a particular bench mark. When a bench mark is established you can’t go below because there are peculiarity in delivery of buildings and those peculiarities both technical and supervision need to be given a teeth to bite so that when people fail to do the right thing the needed will be done. “
In discussing the day’s Theme: ‘The Nigerian Artisan Revolution: Standardization, Globalization and Economic Empowerment’, the President mentioned the challenges facing the Construction industry and assured that ways are being enacted by NIOB in ensuring Artisans are properly equipped to perform the required task.
‘We are looking at the possibility of ensuring that the state of globalization implies that whatever standard we have here can be applied in any location where you may find yourself. The essence is to ensure as much as possible that artisans wherever they are trained, whichever facility they use, can be useful and relevant and operating on the same standard bench mark to deliver on the qualities that we expect for product and services.”
While speaking on the increasing menace of building collapse in the country he stated that the ultimate failure of any building is its collapse and there is no building in this country that did not involve artisans.
“So because we know artisans are vital in the deliberate processes of building delivery that is why we are focusing on them. NIOB are traversing the whole corners of Nigeria trying to evaluate artisans and craftsmen that are being trained under the N- power building Programme.
“We want to be sure that those that are presented to the public as building artisans and craftsmen are properly qualified and given the right skill to be able to handle their work. “
By Kesiena Omamogho