Worried by plethora of substandard buildings in Nigerian urban centres, promoters of Lagos International Housing Fair, led by its Chairman, Mr. Moses Ogunleye, have called on the government at all levels to enforce compliance of the Nigerian Building Code (NBC) to guard against incessant collapse of buildings.
Noting that review of the building code requires executive endorsement, the built environment expert enjoined the Federal Executive Council to speedily pass it for effective operation to give direction to state and local government for the full implementation.
Ogunleye also appealed to the state government to use the building code to generate standards suitable to their climatic condition for smooth operation. Speaking on the theme of the forthcoming housing fair in Lagos, ”Quality Management in Housing Delivery,” Ogunleye advised government to allow private consultants monitor buildings under construc- tion to ensure that people do the right things.
He noted that government had been overwhelmed by number of ongoing construction activities, stressing that agencies such as Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and Lagos State Building Collapse Agency (LABSCA) do not have enough human resources to move round the metropolis for monitoring. Justifying the subject of the fair, Ogunleye said it was hinged on the need to beam light on construction of quality houses for accommodation, adding that it would also direct attention to matters of safe, reliable, functional and comfortable houses.
“This to our mind represents quality requirements for which all stakeholders should measure the quality of their construction,” he said, adding that focus would also be on building materials usage/application, construction methodology and maintenance. Head of Advisory Board, LIHF, Mr. Jide Oke, a quantity surveyor, described building code as a set of standards that need to be enforced at federal, state and local government levels.
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