NIOB seeks enforcement of building laws to curb structural failures
Professional builders are calling upon stakeholders to take decisive action in enforcing the Lagos State Physical Development Planning Law. They argue that the failure to uphold this law has significantly impacted the construction industry
in the state, resulting in preventable loss of life and property. These concerns were voiced during a media gathering organized by the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) in preparation for their upcoming conference and annual general meeting. The event's theme, 'Safe and Sustainable Building
Production Management in Nigeria,' underscores the urgent need to address the ongoing issue of structural failures.
Mr. Lucky Isename, Chairman of the NIOB chapter, emphasized that a lack of awareness regarding the role of professional builders has contributed to the occurrence of building collapses
. He clarified that builders are not responsible for law enforcement, but rather, they aim to promote adherence to regulations through public awareness and media advocacy. Isename also highlighted the chapter's commitment to educating the public about the significance of engaging professional builders for construction projects and the importance of government oversight.
Mr. Godfrey Chukwurah, a member of the institute, stressed the pivotal role of advocacy and the necessity for industry professionals to operate within their designated spheres. He further emphasized the importance of involving private sector professionals
in government initiatives, particularly in evaluating building projects from inception to completion. Chukwurah noted that the NIOB serves as a vital partner for the government in identifying potential issues, as the government lacks the capacity to oversee every construction site effectively.