Minister tasks builders over building collapse

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Posted on March 3, 2017

Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Ms. Amal Pepple, has taken the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON) to task over the spate of building collapse in the country, urging them to provide solution to the menace. She made the remark when the President of CORBON, Prof. Akin Akindoyeni, led the Council Members on a courtesy visit to her office in Abuja, wondering how such occurrences persist when the country has many professionals in the built sector.

“We have many professionals in the built environment and yet we continue to have this problem of building collapse because of the type of materials that is used, the type of artisans and the type of supervision that is being rendered which I recently raised with the President of the Architect Registration Council of Nigeria, Mr. Umaru Aliyu. The issue has become pertinent because nobody has been sanctioned by the body over the incessant building collapse nationwide.

I hope that the states will take a cue from what Lagos state has done that will reduce the problem of collapsed building. We all as Nigerians should be concerned with what is happening in our environment,” she stated. Pepple declared that the quest to fill the 16 million housing deficit in the country should not be the responsibility of government alone, noting that the housing ministry is already articulating plans towards finding ways of providing quality affordable houses for majority of Nigerians.

“We all have a responsibility to change their lot because accommodation is one of the yardsticks for measuring the level of health of the people, but it is difficult for low income people because land is expensive, building materials are expensive and by the time they finish the houses the houses are expensive. They don’t have access to mortgage facilities so all these accumulate and contribute to pushing them out of the housing markets. But I’m determined by God’s grace and with your support, we shall make some difference in the housing sector.”

In his remarks, Akindoyeni, identified funding as one of the major challenges facing CORBON, noting that regulatory bodies have not been given recurrent subvention since 2008. “It may interest you to know that the 2011 budget estimates from the ministry did not even make provisions for the regulatory bodies despite submitting our respective budgets to the ministry,” he lamented.

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