The Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) has enjoined Nigerians to strictly adhere to safety measures at the work place and at home.
President of NIOB, Kenneth Nduka , gave this charge in his message at the institute’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and conference organised by NIOB, Rivers State, branch in Port Harcourt, recently.
Nduka, who spoke through the First Vice President, NIOB, Kunle Awobudu, noted that adhering to safety guidelines would prevent hazards that could cause serious injuries and fatalities.
He expressed regrets that injuries and fatalities have been recorded at construction sites due to inadequate safety measures taken during the construction.
According to him, “ reports of many construction site workers killed or injured as a result of their work are replete. Sad enough, these hazards are not to those working on site, children and other members of the public are also killed or injured because construction activities and its host environment have not been adequately controlled”.
Nduka also said that the nefarious activities of “meddlesome quacks and interlopers in the building industry”, undermine the importance of occupational health and safety measures at building sites, saying that they “precipitate pains and huge losses”, leading to permanent disabilities, fatalities, loss of investments, legal encumbrances and imprisonment.
He encouraged the participants to take the conference seriously so as to anchor the benefits towards extending the frontiers of the building profession .
Speaking on the theme, Risk Assessment Construction Sites’, Chairman, NIOB, Rivers, Akinola Bammeke, said it was important to have safety policies and trained personal at construction sites to minimise risks, and called for the immediate passage of the building control law that was before the Rivers State House of Assembly.
“Currently, in Rivers State, we want to encourage that there is integrity test done on some of these old buildings, we need building control. NIOB, Rivers has sent a bill to the Rivers State House of Assembly where we proposed a review of current laws so that we can incorporate building control into the law,” Akinola said.
The Assistant Secretary, NIOB, Bldr Usenobong Atangaedi, on his part, decried the use of substandard building materials at construction sites.
Highpoint of the AGM / Conference was the launch of the Official History of NIOB, Rivers State.
By: Tonye Nria-Dappa.