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Lagos NIOB seeks inclusion in MDAs, others

Lagos NIOB seeks inclusion in MDAs, others

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There is need for the government to involve more builders in its Ministries, Departments and Agencies’ (MDAs) projects, Nigerian Institute of Builders (NIOB), the Lagos State chapter, has said.

It stated this at the end of a workshop, with the theme, ‘’Enhancing the performance of builders in Lagos State Civil Service on Code of Practice and Ethics.’’

In a communiqué by its Chairman, Mr Adelaja Adekanmbi, the body said the need for builders to be involved in construction is legal.

He regretted that the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON) was not well represented in the management of agencies, such as the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), which it accused of not  enforcing the law that builders should manage the construction of buildings.

He argued that except there is a change of attitude, there will never be effective building control in the state.

The NIOB chief frowned at the  various versions of Form C in circulation, saying that the original version still exists.

Adekanmbi called for the restoration of the original Form C.

He said the form carries the government and LASBCA’s colour logo with unique identity number. Underscoring the importance of Form C, he explained that the document was signed by professionals.

On how to ensure that sanity in the sector, he maintained that quality building production management in MDAs, 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 (NBC).

The communiqué read in part: “It should be noted that the National Building Code provides minimum requirements. States and sub-national entities can go beyond these minimum requirements where they so desire. Lagos State with its development potential and challenges cannot afford to operate below minimum. For efficient successions, there should be regular recruitment and deployment of builders to various MDAs to fill positions of builders at various cadres.

The nomenclature of a ‘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”, he added.

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