A property developer in Rivers State, Engineer Precious Amaru has urged Nigerian architects to ensure that they follow due process in their discharge of their professional duties, so as to ward-off unpleasant consequences that might occur.
In an interaction with The Tide, Monday Amaru who is a specialist in structural engineering and a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) Rivers State Chapter said that his years of experience in housing development have revealed that the problems associated with housing, especially the building collapse is as a result of people trying to take short-cuts to accomplish their desires.
He said that if there is failure at the concept phase that the failure will transcend to other decision making process, and described the architectural designs as the concept phase of development, which will also affect other processes.
According to him “whether in specifying what a single house should look like or how our towns and cities should be or…, architects and other professionals must have their views represented at the table and ensure that due process is maintained”.
“When there is a collapsed structure, something will happen along the line, it is either deaths are recorded or people get severely injured. Which ever it is, I can’t exonerate them from blame in the unfolding development. They have abdicated their roles” Precious stated.
He described architects as magicians who conjure up things out of nothing, and that they are like artists that are given a blank canvas, who are to reproduce picture on the canvas.
The structural engineer, however, has due process regulation as a governance tool which moderates how goods, services and works are procured both at the private and public sectors, which also aims at fairness, transparency and value for the money, spent.
Amaru also said “As development professionals, we operate both at the decision making and implementation ends”.