Worried by unending bottlenecks associated with building control, monitoring and planning permits in Lagos State, stakeholders in built environment have called for collaboration between registered builders and the government agencies.
They made this call at the 2017 Builders’ Conference/Annual General Meeting, which was held in Lagos with the theme:” : “Regulatory Authorities: The Panacea for Building Project Delivery in Lagos State.”
The expected collaboration, they said, would help to create awareness among homebuilders and general public on the activities of the these agencies and the necessary steps before, during and after building management.
Besides, they said it would help to curtail the activities of quacks during construction and reduce incident of building collapse in the sector.
General managers of the agencies such as Lagos State Land Bureau, Lagos State Surveyors Office, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) and Lagos State Safety Commission (LSSC) also spoke on their roles in building and approval processes.
In his speech, President, Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB), Mr. Kennet Nduka, called for collaboration between builders and the governments at all levels in order to stamp out building collapse cases.
He also urged the Federal Government to facilitate the passage of the National Building Code, noting that specialisation in the construction and management process would improve training, safety, quality and value management for the benefit of Nigerians.
Speaking on 50 years of NIOB in Nigeria, the president stated that the pain was that administrations at all levels were still hesitant toward statutorily anchoring the enabling environment for builders to freely discharge their professional responsibilities.
He said: “The fact that the government has not found it necessary to effectively regulate the activities during construction proper, but rather concentrate on regulating pre and post-construction activities, constitutes one of the pains of the institute.”
This identified institutional process error, he said, stood out as one of the major causes of building collapse in the country.
Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development in Lagos, Mr. Abiola Anifowoshe, called for collaboration among built environment professionals such as town planners, builders, engineers, surveyors, quality surveyors, land surveyors and architects in order to promote healthy sector.
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