Mr Danjuma Abalaka, Coordinator, Construction, Skills Training and Empowerment Project (C-STEMP), an NGO, has said that providing quality and enduring housing for Nigerians required private sector participation and workable government policies.
Abalaka told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Thursday in Abuja that shelter was “too crucial” to be left to government alone.
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“Next to fresh air in the hierarchy of human needs is shelter; with the growing population, all stakeholders must put heads together if we are to provide adequate shelter.
“Our population grows rapidly; not long ago, we were just about 70 million. Recent projections indicate that we are 200 million or even more, but the development of houses is not commensurate with the growth of the population.
“Real estate practitioners, and even religious bodies, can help produce houses because building of houses cannot he government responsibility alone.
“For us at C-STEMP, it is not just about having houses; we need quality houses to minimise incidences of building collapse.
“At C-STEMP, we teach people skills on housing construction because we feel that the incessant collapse of buildings has called to question the quality of our workmanship.
“We are trying to look at the issue from the quality workmanship in masonry, tiling, and the other skills on the line. Once these key areas are taken care of, the problem will lessened.’’
Abalaka said that government should drive the sector by putting quality policies in place and ensure that they were implemented.
He said that government must also put up punitive measures to forestall building collapse.
“If people are punished for using inferior materials for building, they will desist from doing so.
“Government agencies like Standards Organisation of Nigeria, and other regulatory bodies must be empowered to punish offenders, and put preventive policies in place.
“Construction cannot be an all comers affair; only qualified professionals should be allowed near any building project.
“We have gone to places in the process of trying to establish network and saw people that had no training at all engaged in building.
“So, regulatory bodies must sit up, government agencies have to sit up and professionals in the built industry will also have to sit up.
“I cannot be a doctor because I am not trained to be a doctor. So, a doctor or any other persons should not be found doing what doesn’t concern them; the right professionals must be put in place,’’ Abalaka said.
With more buildings giving way, President Muhammadu Buhari, on March 22, assented to the Engineers Registration Amendment Act 2018, with Mr Ali Rabiu, President, Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), saying that the amended laws would help COREN to address incidences of building collapse.
He said that the incidences were becoming embarrassing to the council and the nation, adding that the amendment had broadened the powers of the council with far reaching powers to sanction quacks and punish anyone committing infractions on engineering projects.
According to him, the amended law also empowers the council to ensure capacity building and monitoring of local content in the Nigerian engineering sector.
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