Following the collapse
of some sections of the Nigerian Bar Association secretariat building under construction, the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIB) has called on the Rivers State Government and the Rivers State House of Assembly to domesticate the National Building Code Act in the state like other states in the South West of the country.
The Chairman of the Nigerian Institute of Building, Rivers State chapter, Builder Moses Ugheoke, made the call on Wednesday while speaking with journalists in Port Harcourt. He faulted the committee set up by the state government to probe the collapse building, stating that no registered builder was among the committee.
Ugheoke noted that the National Building code Act empowered members of the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIB) to supervise the construction and management of physical structures, regretting that that section of the Building code of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has been neglected over time which always results to waste of property, lives and materials.
According to him ’’We have been clamoring for the domestication of the national building code of the federal Republic of Nigeria and should be adopted by the assembly so that buildings in Rivers State should be standard.”
He called on the Rivers State House of Assembly to enact a law to adopt the National Building Code so that those who contravene the law would be punished. He said today those who contravene by building without approval from the state government are made to pay a fine of #2million, insisting that such standard should also be replicated to avoid and end collapse building in the state.
He noted that the Institute is concerned because when building collapses, lives, properties and investment are lost.
Uheoke disclosed that Abuja, Lagos state and Anambra states have enacted the law that only registered builders can supervise the management of buildings.
“We repeatedly drew the attention of government, especially in 2005 and 2006 when the collapse buildings rate was high. We did several representations and presentations to the government and that was when the government came up with decision for a registered builder to sign an undertaking for the construction of any building before any building plan can be approved. But now it has been basterdised. A builder will sign that document but during the construction, the builder will no longer be aware of it.”
He however urged the state government to probe the construction of the Nigerian Bar Association secretariat and called for the prosecution of all those involved.II