NIOB seeks participation in projects

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For efficient project delivery, the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) has called for involvement of its members in all building construction projects.

The Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON) lamented that builders were not well represented in the management of Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) in compliance with requirements of Nigerian law that builders manage the construction and production processes of buildings in all construction sites.

In a communiqué issued at the end of a two-day workshop organized by the Lagos State Chapter of NIOB, themed, “Enhancing the performance of builders in Lagos State Civil Service on the code of practice and ethics”, the institute stated that in order to ensure quality building production and management in Ministries, Departments and Agencies, building production management documents should be listed among the requirements for building control and certification as contained in the relevant section of the National Building Code.

The communiqué signed by the state chairman of NIOB, Adelaja Adekanmbi, declared that Lagos State with its development potentials and challenges couldn’t afford to operate below minimum requirements as provided by the National Building Code adding that states and sub national entities can go beyond the minimum requirements where they so desire.

“There should be regular recruitment and deployment of builders to various MDA’S as appropriate and as at when due to fill positions of Builders at various cadres. The nomenclature of “Building officer” cadre should be changed to “Builder” cadre to reflect positions of Builder II, Builder I, Senior Builder, Principal Builder, Assistant Chief Builder and Chief Builder accordingly to portray the professional builders status as against the present nomenclature of Building Officer”.

The association also observed that there are various versions of stage certification (Form C) in circulation and there had been relaxation of its enforcement contrary to the original version that was drafted and provided in line with various professional inputs as envisaged by various laws including the Ministry of Physical Planning & Urban Development Law 2010.

It urged that the original version of the (Form C) should be restored or improved to the format of the Compliance Form in the National Building Code.

Regulations pursuant to the MPP Urban and Physical Planning Law of 2010 that are in tandem with the spirit of that law and the minimum requirements for building project development enunciated in the National Building Code are not available and adequately publicized, such regulations the institute said should be produced and made available.

The workshop also recommended that builders should work towards achieving greater political relevance and influence to help society, while succession plans for MDAs of the Lagos State Civil Service should be continuously done to have appropriate deployment and initiate recruitments of builders to fill up vacant positions.

“Builders should know and remember the historical and sociopolitical development and context of Building profession in Commonwealth countries and their (builders’) roles in the built environment in Nigeria as legally recognised by relevant laws and codes. They should have regular meetings of units to continuously promote unity, professionalism, discuss and resolve issues relating to work performance, the progress of the State and more relevance of builders at various MDAs”.

“Encourage builders to invest in education, training and continuous improvement and acquisition of knowledge on the job through reading of professional books, Schemes of Service, Public Service Rules, Circulars and Constitution of the Country. Builders should be involved in progressive courses with the purpose of improving the lots of the profession and the professionals with the sponsoring and enactment of necessary and fulfilling legislation”, the institute stated.

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