Builders want that the National Building Code be passed quickly

The Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) has requested that the 9th National Assembly put an end to a decade-long campaign for the passage of the National Building Code, a regulation document that has been before the National Assembly for more than 10 years.

Nigeria: The Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) has requested that the 9th National Assembly put an end to a decade-long campaign for the passage of the National Building Code, a regulation document that has been before the National Assembly for more than 10 years.

The NIOB also asked the government and relevant stakeholders to rise to the occasion, urging the National Assembly to move quickly to enact the NBC into law and enforce it, as it remains a critical step in the creation of safe structures in Nigeria.

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Chairman of the NIOB Abuja Chapter, Omale Peter Ameh, made the announcement at the chapter’s 2022 conference/annual meeting (AGM) on Wednesday in Abuja.

Despite the efforts of the institute and other professional organisations to address the issue, quackery remains a big concern in the built environment, according to him.

“We have once again urged the National Assembly to enact the National Building Code (NBC).” We will continue our campaigning and public education efforts while agitating for the passage of the National Building Code into law.

“At this event, we will readily agree that the continuous sad commentary of building collapse and unwarranted loss of lives and properties in the country is an embarrassment to the built environment professionals, which has negatively impacted our practise,” he said. “Lack of collaboration by professionals in the building/construction industry, indiscriminate importation of substandard material, and lack of adherence to regulatory framework are some of the most visibl

“I am certain that our discussions at this conference will result in answers to the sector’s difficulties.”

“Building professionals can quickly agree that one of the most significant difficulties facing the Nigerian built environment is the lack of proper rules, effective enforcement, and the administration of sanctions and punishments to repeat offenders in the sector.”

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“Until these are in place, and quacks are barred from overseeing construction projects, buildings may continue to collapse, resulting in the loss of valued lives and property.”

“I am pleased to inform you that our resource persons are highly versatile built environment professionals; the experiences that they will share with us today will undoubtedly enrich our practise; I encourage you to pay attention to the presentations while anticipating your invaluable contributions.”

The theme, “Curbing the scourge of building collapse in Nigeria,” according to the Secretary General of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Prince Adebiyi Adetosoye, is appropriate given the recent spate of building collapses in the country.

He praised the NIOB’s FCT chapter for its dedication to researching the topic, noting that the difficulty of building collapse will be handled only when professionals are given their due respect.

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