Poor compliance affecting housing – Operators
Concerns regarding the construction sector's failure to adhere to global best practices have been raised by industry operators.
These concerns were voiced during the recent Big 5 Construct Nigeria 2023 conference held in Lagos. Organized by DMG Events, the conference featured discussions on the state of the construction industry in Nigeria.
Patrick Ogunleye, a Chief Architect at the Federal Ministry of Works & Housing, highlighted the challenges facing the Nigerian construction industry, citing a lack of compliance with global standards. He expressed the view that Nigeria lags behind developed countries due to a lack of forward-thinking innovation. Ogunleye emphasized the need for a mindset shift to bring about advancements in the industry.
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Olayemi Shonubi, President of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, pointed out that the use of substandard materials contributes to the industry's non-compliance with global standards and leads to frequent structural collapses. He also noted that government approvals are often granted without adequate supervision, and inexperienced artisans may be employed in complex construction projects to cut costs.
Ben Greenish, Senior Vice President of DMG Events, expressed optimism about the construction sector's future in Nigeria but stressed the need for improvement. He highlighted the sector's importance in providing employment and meeting housing needs. Greenish identified economic challenges and the cost of logistics as pain points and advocated for the establishment of local manufacturing facilities and improved infrastructure, such as better roads, to support construction activities.