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NIOB urges FG to address challenges of professional practice

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By Jacinta Nwachukwu / Funmilayo Adeyemi

Abuja, Dec. 27, 2018 (NNN) The Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB), has urged the Federal Government to initiate policies aimed at addressing the challenges of professional practice in the construction industry.

The president of the institute, Mr Kenneth Nduka, made this call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) in Abuja on Thursday.

Nduka said that putting right policies in place would go a long way to eliminate quackery and promote professional excellence in  the construction industry.

According to Nduka, government should ensure that those who are trained in specific  professions are  shouldered with the responsibility to select their colleagues for specific tasks.

“Government should have an orderly manner with which to address the challenges of professional practice; have the principled drive and positive interest as leaders.

This, according to him, is to ensure that the operative environment is made conducive for those who practice the profession.

“One thing that many people have neglected is that sometimes, when these professionals are given jobs to do, you realised that after doing the job, they are not paid.

“If the issue of professionalism, timely delivery, cost effectiveness, quality products must be addressed; it means the financial resources that should support them should be made available promptly,’’ he said.

Also, according to him, normalcy will set in if our appetites for foreign materials are controlled, if the professionals themselves are disciplined and have positive attitude to work.

“If our Ministry of Interior key into it by limiting the number of foreigners to do the work that are supposed to be done by Nigerian professionals among other things”.

Contributing, a human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), told NNN that  foreigners should not be given preference in the construction industry.

Falana stressed the  need for government to properly harness the country’s  abundant human and natural resources.

He posited that training and re-training of engineers to meet with the trends in the sector will help in harnessing human resources in the country, especially in the construction industry.

“Building professionals have not taken steps to check quackery and you find out that the foreigners running the industry in the country are not registered under our law.

“In some situations, preference is given to unqualified foreign builders at the expense of our qualified local engineers.

“It is time that registered builders take control of the building industry,’’ he said. (NNN)
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Edited by Shittu Obassa/Yemi Idris-Aduloju

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Building collapse: NIOB seeks implementation of physical planning law in Ogun

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  The Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) on Friday  called on the Ogun government to ensure immediate implementation and enforcement of the Urban and Physical Planning Law 2005 of the state.

Mr Yinka  Olatunji,  the Chairman of the institute in Ogun, stated this after a walk within Abeokuta metropolis to celebrate the 2020 Builders Day.

Olatunji said it was important for the law to be implemented and enforced,  saying this would check building construction deficiency which could lead to collapse.

The chairman added that it remained the duty of the government to monitor building production process as part of the provisions of the law which had been overlooked.

“Ogun State Government needs to implement the Urban and Physical Planning Law 2005; it is important if we want to have quality building construction and also avoid building collapse.

“We must put a stop to building collapse in the country. That is why we have chosen this day to sensitise members of the public to create awareness on how we can have safe building production process .

“It is only a builder that is certified under the law that should  engage in this practice. It is when people try to cut corners and engage unprofessional persons that we have disasters later,”he said.

He said that the institute would continue to support the government in nation building,  adding that building professionals would save the country from avoidable building collapse.

In her remarks, Mrs Fatima Osho,  the Registrar of NIOB, stated that the use of quacks and substandard materials contribute to building collapse in the country.

Osho noted that the institute had to embark on the sensitisation campaign in order to let the pubic know that they must engage professionals in the building industry.

She also advised government to ensure that government contractors were monitored to check sharp practices.

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Edited By: Mufutau Ojo)
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Patronise only professional builders, NIOB tells Nigerians

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Mr Dele Akinyan, the Chairman of Nigeria Institute of Building (NIOB), Ondo chapter, on Friday advised Nigerians to patronise professional builders in order to reduce cases of building collapse.

Akinyan gave the advice in Akure while speaking to the Nigeria News Agency on the sidelines of a road show organised by  NIOB as part of  activities to mark the 2020 Builders Day

He explained that the road show was to sensitise the public on the dangers of building collapse “due to untrained builders on site which had killed several people in the country.”

“There are people that are responsible for building process. They are trained and certified by the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON).

“When they manage buildings, there will be less incidence of building collapse, hence the need to domesticate the National Building Code.

“It has to be enacted in Ondo State so that the various professionals in the building industry will know their limits. That is  why we are taking our request to governments,” he said.

Also speaking to NAN, Prof. Deji Ogunyemi, a member of CORBON, said the way to prevent incidence of building collapse was to allow builders take their rightful place in the building team.

Ogunyemi, who is also the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics), Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), explained that the National Building Code needed to become law all over the country just as in Lagos and Abuja.

“There is no such law in Ondo, so we call on Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and Speaker of the House of Assembly to assist in ensuring that we domesticate the National Building Code which states clearly the role of every professional,” he said.

NAN reports that the road show took the builders round major streets of Akure, including the popular Oba Adesida Road and the ever busy Arakale Road.

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Edited By: Muftau Adediran/Mufutau Ojo)
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NIOB blames Lagos bank building collapse on quackery

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Mr Kunle Awobodu, President, Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB), on Tuesday said that unprofessional handling of design and construction was responsible for the recent collapse of a bank building under renovation in Lagos.

Awobodu said this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on the sideline of the maiden Induction of Graduates of the Department of Building, University of Lagos (UNILAG), Lagos.

“What happened at the site in Palmgrove area, Ikorodu road in Lagos, could have been averted if the design and construction were professionally handled.

“From my assessment on the collapsed building, it was the awning at the entrance of the building that gave way after striking off, ” he said.

According to him, there was no structural balance in the building, as resolution of forces was expected to have been put into consideration by the builder.

He explained that the forework must have been giving the awning a temporary support because the awning could not support itself before it eventually collapsed.

“When you have an awning of aero concreate having the size of six by 1.5 meters and also the thickness from the wall tappers from 200 to 150 mm, it is quite heavy.

“Unfortunately, two columns were inserted into the wall and this could not carry the load of the awning,” he said.

The NIOB President stated that if the builder on the site had a background in structural training, he or she was supposed to have questioned the design of the building

“The  design of the building was questionable because the wall was unable to carry the load placed on the roof of the entrance.

“If this was put into consideration, the death of one of the workers on the site could have been avoided, ” he said.

Awobodu expressed disappointment on the high record of premature deaths of people on sites due to errors in construction.

He urged the government to take urgent steps to address the issues contributing to the increase in building collapse.

The builder said the affected bank was expected to present the approval for the renovation of the building to competent professionals for them to examine the design.

The NIOB president said that the  Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) must also ascertain if the renovation of the building was duly registered with them and if qualified building professionals were involved in the construction.

“When all these are investigated, we will be able to take some professional decisions.

“We can’t blame totally until we investigate whether there was a design error, approval process short changed and the level of examination of the monitoring from LASBCA.”

He urged Nigerian builders to take appropriate measures on site and also manage building construction with all carefulness.

Awobodu expressed concern at the rate at which quacks dominated various construction sites, while the trained and licenced builders were usually not involved in the works.

He advised the affected bank that owns the collapsed building to identify the builder so that the institute could met appropriate sanction, if he or she was a member.

“Building construction is a very risky business and should not be allowed by quacks to avoid premature death and constant embarrassment,” he said.

NAN reports that a bank building under renovation at the Palmgrove area of Lagos collapsed on Saturday, leading to the death of Mr Ezekiel Ajibola, a 35-year old labourer, and injuring some labourers on the site.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) said that following the incident, the deceased was trapped underneath the collapsed building and his body was extracted by the rescue team upon arrival .

The agency stated that the entire area of the incident had been cordoned off  to prevent any secondary incident.

Lagos had recorded several cases of  building collapse in different area of the state in recent times.

Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Wale Ojetimi
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NIOB decry increasing building collapse, calls for stiffer regulations

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Mr Kunle Awobodu, the President of the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB), on Wednesday called for stricter regulation of the building industry nationwide to curb collapse.

Awobodu, who made the call during a news conference in Lagos, expressed concern about increasing spate of building collapse.

He said that there was increased collapse of buildings under construction and queried the monitoring mechanism apparatus of both Federal and State Governments.

He noted that the figure was on the increase with 43 incidents in 2019 alone.

The NIOB boss said that it was regrettable that Lagos topped the chart maintaining the lead and accounted for 17 out of the 43 buildings that collapsed in 2019.

“Out of the 17 buildings that collapsed in Lagos in 2019, 59 per cent were existing buildings while 41 per cent were under construction.

“In Anambra State, out of the five buildings that collapsed, four were under construction.

“Plateau had three, Delta also recorded three incidents while 59 lives were lost in the various incidents and 74 persons injured,’’ Awobodu said.

He said that the government needed to increase efforts in monitoring building construction as well as engagement of qualified professionals to handle the tasks.

“If what happened in 2019 is higher than what we had before, one will ask the fundamental question: are we making progress or suffering retrogression?

“With this analysis, we can go back to the drawing table and look at the way forward. Why we are having such a high percentage of building collapse,” he said.

The NIOB boss called for an effective mechanism for monitoring the incidents and policy review to tackle the menace.

He also called on Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to use his expertise to nip the problem in the bud.

He recalled that the governor was a former vice chairman of a committee set up by the state government to reform physical planning and urban development laws.

Awobodu called for urgent action to save lives and protect the image of the state and Nigeria globally.

According to him, the formal sector is well regulated but the informal sector needs stiffer regulations as some people  engaged in various corrupt practices alongside quackery, causing increased building collapse.

The NIOB boss said that the institute would hold a sensitisation programme on May 13, to enlighten the public on the importance of standard construction to curb the menace.

“Builders all over the country including, stakeholders in the built environment will come out en masse for road shows, rallies, seminars and lectures in tertiary institutions having Building Departments.

“Also, students of Building are expected to participate and we will reach out to government officials to make representation on the incessant collapse of buildings and way forward.

“Building artisan leaders will be there; the block builders and every professional that has anything to do with building will be involved.

“This is because, the record we had in 2019 is a challenge to what we have been doing in the past,” he said.

Awobodu said that several collapsed buildings were not brought to public notice because the owners evaded sanctions.

He called for prosecution of offenders to serve as deterrent to those who might want to cut corners to compromise construction standard.

He added that building construction should not be an all-comers affair and building production management should not be left for artisans but professionals to ensure strict adherence to standards.

Edited by: Chinyere Bassey/Adeleye Ajayi

 

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NIOB President tasks FG, LASG on enforcement against building collapses

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The President, Nigerian Institute of Builders (NIOB), Mr Kunle Awobodu, on Thursday called for increased awareness campaigns and enforcement of laws to stem the rising spate of building collapses in Nigeria.

Awobodu told the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos that lack of regulation of actual construction posed danger, urging government officials to liaise with professional bodies to achieve positive results.

“There is a collective challenge that we have not paid attention to.

“Building collapse every now and then is questioning our sincerity at achieving the goal of Zero Tolerance for building collapse,’’ he said.

Awobodu explained that ignorance and lack of sufficient funds usually makes clients to patronise quacks and later record huge losses in the event of building collapse.

He called on the Lagos State and Federal Government to enact laws to ensure that only professionals undertake building construction and as well strengthen and enforce existing laws.

“Government has done so much to protect the design aspect, that, if you want to build a house you must submit your drawing, both architectural and structural drawings for verification and approval.

“The essence is that somebody could be held responsible for the design, but when it comes to construction aspect, government has not really done much to make somebody to be held responsible.

“So, it becomes anybody’s trade to build despite the fact that there is a law which has recognised the person who should handle that construction aspect, which is a builder.

“Qualified certified building experts have requisite training and competence to handle that process of construction which we call building production management, that is coordinating the site, workers, materials and designs based on versatile knowledge.

“But people are looking at the side of benefits rather than the risk involved in playing that role,’’ he said.

Awobodu said it is “suicidal ” to leave construction in the hands of artisans.

He called on Lagos State Building Control Agency to monitor construction sites at intervals to ensure that professionals handled construction projects.

The institute president called for collaboration of Federal and Lagos State Governments with the private sector in the area of regulations to achieve efficiency.

Awobodu also advised state government to engage private firms in the regulation of new settlements to prevent haphazard development, which would later result in building collapses.

He said that generally, several buildings constructed in Lagos without required approvals were disasters waiting to happen, adding some buildings in the city centre were also at risk.

“Basically, we need to improve on building control; we need to examine strategically the modus operandi and then marry it with the existing parameters.

“Everywhere has its own peculiarities, attitudes, cultures, among others,” he said.

Citing Bariga as an example of places where houses were constructed without lintels, he appealed to the state government not to allow substandard construction in places under government acquisition.

“Government abenitio should not allow developments under lands that are under acquisition for future developments or future needs,” he said.


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Edited by Olagoke Olatoye

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NIOB to build members’ capacity — Chairman

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The Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB), Lagos Chapter, has reiterated its commitment to continually upgrade skills of members, to enhance service delivery to the society.

The Chairman of NIOB, Mr Adelaja Adekanmbi, spoke at the 1st Business Breakfast Meeting organised by the Institute on Thursday in Lagos.

It had the theme: “Networking and Collaboration: A Synergy Tool for Business Growth in Built Environment”.

Adekanmbi said there was need for operators in the built environment to be abreast with new technologies evolving in the profession to remain relevant in the country.

He said the world was evolving and new technologies were being invented, and the profession must not be left out.

According to him, dearth of skilled workforce in the housing and construction industry hinders infrastructural development in Nigeria.

Adekanmbi said the gap in Nigeria’s construction industry could be attributed to the dwindling stock of competent skilled construction workers and the influx of unskilled operators.

“Training/upgrading the skills and capacities of operators in the building profession is one of the major cardinal points for setting up the Institute.

“The motive of the meeting is to diversify, network and improve on our technical operational know-how in order to keep abreast with the latest methodologies in construction contract management.

“This is necessary so that when the Federal Government will roll-out its proposed housing and real estate projects, the builders can gainfully be involved,” Adekanmbi said.

Also, a former Chairman of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA) Lagos Chapter, Mr Ladipo Lewis said that builders, as key players in construction contract management, need to have deep knowledge of the latest technologies in the industry.

Speaking on “Emerging Trends in Built Environment: Collaboration in Construction, the Use of New Technology,” Lewis said  the dynamics of the construction industry had changed.

He enjoined the builders to embrace usage of the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and the 3D Structural Model in developing the methodologies for execution of construction projects.

Lewis said the models were the most sophisticated methods that simplified and captured all processes involved in construction project execution.

“The 3D Structural Model drawing allows for inclusion of all the features of the project in one file, which can automatically be updated, thereby saving workload, time and reducing wastage of resources,” he said.

According to him, there is need for more collaboration among players in the industry for efficient delivery and infrastructure development.

He, therefore, called for concerted efforts toward creation of the enabling environment that could facilitate the collaboration to boost national economic and infrastructure development.

Also, the Auditor of NIOB, Mr Kolawole Ajuwon, said that builders, who are also the project managers, are  supposed to have good knowledge about the financial management of the projects.

Speaking on “Financial Management and Tax Matters”, Kolawole said it was important for builders to be acquainted with accounting principles for smooth relationship with the account officers and banks of the project.

“Through the Bank Verification Number (BVN), the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) can assess the financial status of every company, which implies there is no hiding place.

“ So, it is advisable that companies assess themselves and pay the due taxes,” he said.

Mr Olwutomi Ogundare, a Quantity Surveying Consultant, said that project managers should be able to advise clients on the cost drivers of a project before execution.

Ogundare said the essence of evaluating the project cost was to avoid disparity from the estimated baseline cost, that could result in misunderstanding with the clients.

According to him, the prices of materials need to be validated so that adequate provision for contingencies can be made.
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Ex-NIOB chief seeks measures to check construction failure

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The immediate past President of the Nigeria Institute of Building (NIOB), Mr Kenneth Nduka, has solicited the enactment of a law to regulate building materials usage, to check incidents of construction failure.

Nduka made the call while speaking with the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos on Wednesday.

Commending the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) for ensuring usage of standard materials, Nduka said the organisation should raise the stakes to ensure that only approved building materials were used in construction.

He lamented that Nigeria had become a “dumping ground” for sub-standard building materials, procured from various countries.

Nduka said the use of sub-standard materials for construction was a major cause of construction failure and collapsing of buildings.

He lamented what he described as a lack of effective regulatory framework in the construction industry, urging the Federal Government to establish a body to regulate the construction sector.

Nduka also told SON to set up an in-house unit that would monitor and evaluate the quality of materials being used for construction.

“Since most of the sub-standard construction materials come into the country through smuggling, there should be a way to monitor and regulate the end-users to ensure the materials are not used for construction.

“To achieve compliance, there should be sanctions for defaulters.

“The problem is that we do not have regulations and standards.

“Nigeria has become a dumping ground and it is a source of worry for professionals and those who are stakeholders. We cannot allow this to continue.

“The solution lies in having a construction industry board that will champion everything that has to do with the industry in Nigeria and government must be the catalyst,” he said. (NAN)

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Real estate sector needs effective regulatory framework — NIOB

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Mr Kenneth Nduka, President, Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB), on Monday called for an effective regulatory framework in the real estate industry to serve as a benchmark for coordinating activities in the sector.

Nduka, who made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, said the sector had been operating without a laid down law to regulate operators and activities therein.

According to him, the absence of a functional law, due to lack of effective National Building Code (NBC) is responsible for the violation of the ethics, codes and conducts of the profession by operators.

NAN reports that the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, in June, 2018, announced the review of the code by the Federal Executive Council.

Nduka said that after the review was announced, no action had been taken to effect the implementation of the reviewed code.

The NIOB chief, therefore, urged the Federal Government to propose an Executive Bill to the National Assembly for an enabling legislation, to facilitate the implementation of the reviewed NBC.

“Without an enabling law to back the code, the NBC is like a toothless bulldog that will make no impact.

“Buildings still collapse in Nigeria because there is no law that stipulates the punishments applicable to professional or developer who executed construction of the collapsed building.

“It is as a result of ineffective regulatory framework that makes it possible for anyone to commit punishable offence in the industry and go free,” he said.

According to him, the reviewed code will not make remarkable impact until an enabling law is enacted to back it up.

He said the law was necessary to facilitate enforcement of the code for its effects to be felt.

Nduka noted that the passage of the bill would guarantee orderly and effective building environment.

“Availability of an effective regulatory framework through enforcement of the NBC will help to prevent usage of substandard building materials and substandard workforce, which contribute over 50 per cent cause of building collapse,” he said.

The NIOB boss noted that the ineffectiveness of the NBC was the major cause of all the challenges in the industry, adding that enforcement of the codes would put an end to the menace in the building and construction industry.

Nduka, therefore, urged stakeholders in the industry to persist in efforts to ensure there was an enabling law for the NBC to make it enforceable so that sanity would be restored in the industry.

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NIOB chief tasks FG on provision of electronic voting system

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Adekanmbi, also the Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB), Lagos Chapter, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Friday.

He said that electronic system of voting, being the world’s best practice, had been adopted by many countries.

Adekambi said that the situation in the country had made it necessary for the Federal Government to establish and adopt same.

According to him, the electronic system of voting, if established, will be managed by a different body other than the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“With the electronic system, elections are made easy and are less expensive to conduct with less stress and more transparency, ‘’ he said.

Adekambi said that the country needed not to be unproductive simply because it wanted  to conduct elections, saying that there was no need for citizens to travel from one place to another just to cast their votes.

“To conduct election in Nigeria, movements have to be restricted and people will be prevented from going for their business activities, leading to loss of billions of naira and resources.

“The reverse is the case with the electoral system of voting because people can cast votes at anytime, anywhere and at their convenience without necessarily going to the polling unit,’’ he said.

Adekambi said that the system allowed for easy and faster collation with the highest level of accuracy.

He, however, called for a reduction in the number of existing political parties to a maximum of five or six for efficiency in the country’s electoral system.

“It is a complete waste of time, resources and energy registering as much as 93 political parties for election, which invariably, attention will be focused on two political parties at the end.

 “The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) have been known to be the two major parties in Nigeria.

 “Let the two parties, in addition to four other parties be officially recognised as the operating political parties in the country.

 “Having too many political parties, to a great extent, contributed to bureaucracies and loopholes that rendered the electoral system in Nigeria inefficient,’’ Adekambi said.

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