The Institute, however, appealed to the National Assembly
to accelerate work on the necessary legislation that will give the building code a force of the law.
It also noted that when the building code became enforceable, the perennial building collapse in the country will be minimized if not totally eradicated.
Builder Peter Omale Ameh, Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB), Abuja Chapter, said this at an event to commemorate 2021
Builders Day in Abuja.
“We have a national building code in place, but it has not been given the necessary legislative backing.
“So it is part of the appeal that we are making, that in as much as the building code is there if the National Assembly fails to give it the necessary legal backing then it cannot be enforced.
“At the level of Institute of Building and Council of Registered Builders, we embark on advocacy where we tell the public that if someone says that he is a builder, you can request for his F-number, and you can validate the number at the Council website to be sure the person is a licenced builder before dealing with him,” he said.
He explained that the essence of Builders Day 2021 is to commemorate the loss of life that happens two years ago in Lagos at the Itafagi area, where a school building collapsed.
He said: ‘We lost young and innocent children whose only crime or fault were going to school on that faithful day to seek knowledge.
“So we thought it wise to use this day to drum it into the ears of the public and other critical stakeholders in the built environment to avoid quackery and embrace best practices.
“Basically, that is the overall objective of this event today. The activities which commenced on Monday is weeklong activities that will end with thanksgiving on Sunday.
“Today we are doing the inauguration of the artisans’ wing of the Nigerian Institute of Building, it was a national event, and it was coordinated by our National President, Builder Kunle Awobodu”.
On what needed to be done to curtail the recurring building collapse, Bldr Omale again said, “Truth be told, we are still doing the reach out, but we are already seeing the impact of our last years engagement, in Lagos State, for instance, you cannot embark on any building project without a builder on-site, the same thing is applicable in Ogun and FCT.
“At the Development Control in FCT today, you cannot submit your building documents without the input of a builder”.
The Spokesperson, Association of Professional Women Builders of Nigeria, Bldr Regina Tanko Rodtang said the challenges facing female builders are enormous, adding that it takes hard work and determination to succeed in the male-dominated profession.
Noting that women are better organizers, she said, ‘if you organize your self well, then you can achieve your goals.
“We encourage young women who are in the field of sciences in secondary schools to join the profession, it is self-empowering, you can work anywhere, and you can be on your own when you have the skills,” she concluded.