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Construction Safety: Builders  Seek New Procurement Standards 

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With the conclusion of its annual conference, the Nigerian Institute of Builders (NIOB) has sought for new procurement standards.
The conference which held in Port Harcourt focused on: Health, Safety, Enforcement and Professionalism for Sustainable Development” with experts in the built industry proffering solutions to the challenges facing the sector.
President of the NIOB, Kenneth Nduka while discussing the focus of the conference stressed that the enforcement of procurement laws will help infuse security and safety standards.
In an era where quacks have infiltrated the built sector, Nduka opined that procurement will check the problem of corruption , compromise of standards and the use of sub- standard products for construction.
“For us, safety and security should be a way of life fo every builder. We must embrace it as a routine”, Nduka said.
While speaking on the topic: Appraisal  of Health, Safety Practices of Small and Medium Construction Sites”, Dr. Muyiwa Abubakar, a lecturer in Building Department, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University disclosed that 60 percent of fatalities in construction sites come from buildings.
Abubakar stated that safety is pertinent so as to meet target time since construction is characterised  with risks and hazards.
The lecturer harped on safety management practices that would be driven by training , competence and enforcement.
On his part, Dr Chris Igwe suggested that quality must not be compromised to ensure safety.
For him, enforcement of standards leads to adoption of safety and security at construction sites.

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Lagos To Tackle Unauthorised Real Estate Practitioners

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The Lagos State Government says it will tackle the menace of unauthorised real estate practitioners across the state.
The Special Adviser (SA) to the Governor on Housing, Mrs Toke Benson-Awoyinka, said this in a statement in Lagos on Monday.
Benson-Awoyinka said that the state government had planned a stakeholders forum for real estate practitioners, aimed at tackling the menace.
She said that the one-day stakeholders engagement slated for Wednesday (today) had as its theme “Lagos Real Estate: Achieving 21st Century Compliance.”
The special adviser said that the theme of the forum showed that the state government was making frantic efforts to eradicate the dubious practices of some real estate practitioners in the state.
According to her, the forum will help restore sanity and orderliness to the housing sector.
Benson-Awoyinka said that a legal approach alone might not be enough to solve the problem of fraud in the real estate business in the state, without the commitment of all the stakeholders.
She, however, said that the present administration was determined to ensure conducive environment for seamless operation within the sector.
“I implore the real estate/agency businesses to cooperate with the state government, so that the state as a smart city would be made investors’ haven, not only in Africa, but the world at large,” she said.
The SA called on all interested stakeholders across the state to register for attendance through the link: http://lasretrad.eventrite.com free of charge.

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Police Confirm Collapse Of Two-Storey Building In Jos

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The Plateau State Police Command has confirmed the collapse of a two-storey building at Butcher Street, Terminus Market in Jos North Local Government Area of the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, DSP Terna Tyopev told newsmen in Jos that the incident occurred Sunday afternoon.
Tyopev, however, said that neither was any life lost in the incident nor any casualty recorded.
He said officers and men of the command had condoned off the affected area and investigations into the cause of disaster had commenced.
He said the action became necessary in order to also prevent hoodlums from taking advantage of the situation to loot.

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Pilgrims Commission Opens Bid For Heritage House Construction

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The Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, has opened the bid for the expression of Interest and prequalification for the construction of Pilgrims Heritage C House, phase 1A, in Abuja.
In a statement in Abuja, yesterday, , the Assistant Director, Media and Public Relations, Mr Celestine Toruka NCPC, explained that the bid was opened at NCPC headquarters in Abuja on Monday.
At the ceremony, the Director in-charge of NCPC, Mrs Esther Kwaghe, said the organisation would ensure due diligence in  considering the proposals by the bidders.
She said, “we want to have value for the money the government is investing in this project.’’
Kwaghe thanked the representatives of various groups who attended the bid opening for their confidence and trusting the commission.
Kwaghe said that the commission would be transparent and fair to all and urged the bidders to accept the final outcome of the selection process since only one company would be selected.
The bid opening was attended by various construction companies, civil society organisations as well as officials of Bureau of Public Procurement, who described the exercise as transparent and fair.
The NCPC Pilgrims Heritage C House Phase 1A, to be located at Central Business District, Abuja, comprises basement parking space for 70 vehicles, two ramps for entry and exit to the auditorium and other facilities.
The main auditorium has 1,400 seats and back stage with conveniences.

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