LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT UNVEILS GROUNDBREAKING CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS
In an ambitious move to transform the construction industry and enhance service delivery, the Lagos State government has launched two innovative schemes aimed at expediting the building approval process, mitigating collapses, and bolstering regulatory efficiency. The Certified Accreditor Programme and Certificate of Structural Integrity Programme are strategic initiatives that will integrate reputable private professionals into the regulatory process of the state's building industry.
Under these schemes, the government will collaborate with certified accreditors, consulting firms, or consortia of registered consultants
, comprising town planners, architects, civil and structural engineers, mechanical engineers, registered builders, registered geoscientists, and other relevant professionals. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Oluwole Sotire, revealed these developments during a constructive stakeholders' meeting with professionals from the built environment in Lagos. He expressed confidence that this participatory approach, borne out of extensive consultations with industry experts, would usher in a new era of efficiency, relegating building collapses
to the background and positioning Lagos as a trailblazing center of excellence.
The General Manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Gbolahan Oki, passionately urged professionals to embrace these groundbreaking schemes as collaborative measures to ensure broader participation and uphold the sanctity of the sector. He emphasized that this strategic collaboration
would ultimately lead to enhanced confidence in the system and contribute to the sustainability of the environment.
LASBCA has consistently introduced various initiatives and engaged stakeholders in its tireless efforts to address the menace of building collapses and prevent the needless loss of lives and property. Oki emphasized the importance of professionals being open to unlearning outdated practices and wholeheartedly embracing positive changes that prioritize safety and security for the present and the future.
In line with the Certified Accreditor Programme, former Senior Special Assistant to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Physical Planning, Dokun Roberts, provided insights into the program's operational mechanics. The Certified Accreditors will collaborate closely with the ministry and other agencies such as the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) and LASBCA. Their responsibilities will include scrutinizing technical drawings, conducting stage certifications, and implementing random monitoring of construction projects.
The Certified Accreditors are classified into four grades based on their experience and expertise. Grade one requires professionals to have at least 15 years of practical experience, with one team member specializing in the relevant area. Grade two officers will handle buildings of any number of floors, backed by a minimum of 15 years of experience. Grade three professionals will oversee projects up to 10 floors, with a requisite of at least 10 years of experience. Lastly, grade four officials will be responsible for buildings up to five floors, needing a minimum of five years of experience.
With these transformative certification programs, the Lagos State government is empowering private sector professionals to take up critical roles in regulating the building industry. This forward-thinking approach will not only improve the efficiency of construction approvals and regulatory processes but also promote a culture of safety, sustainability, and excellence in the dynamic landscape of Lagos' real estate sector.