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Builders Day 2020: Some buildings in Calabar earmarked for collapse - NIOB

Ukorebi Esien | 14th March 2020 |

Local News 

CALABAR: As the rate of building collapse in Nigeria increases by the day, with over 43 building collapse recorded within the last 2 years, the Cross River State chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Builders has said that some buildings in Calabar have been earmarked for possible collapse anytime soon.

This was made known by Sir, Bldr. Ekpenyong E. Ekpenyong the state vice Chairman, of the Institute who noted that despite the high rate of building collapse in the country, the state is fortunate not to have record any collapse, notwithstanding he added that there are some buildings within the Calabar metropolise that have been earmarked for possible collapse stating that the owners/occupants have been asked to vacate the properties. 

Bldr. Ekpenyong made this know in a chat with newsmen during the maiden edition of Builders Day held in calabar by members of Nigerian Builders Institute(NIOB) According to the vice chairman, the occasion is an opportunity to educate the public on the need to get a registered builder to be part of their building plans.

Ekpenyong added that quacks have taken over their jobs and as such there's need to sanitise the profession and events like this, grants them the platform to address such issues as quackery.

"The occasion today is something we should say has been long overdue, today, 13th of March, has been declared by the Institute as Builders Day. We are quiet aware of the alarming rate of building collapse in the country,  just last week, we had one in Lagos, so we thought is wise to have this day declared, sensitize people and let people know the advantage of getting a builder to put up your structure."

"There are a lot of quacks around who will be claiming to be putting up buildings for many years, but you know there some critical technicalities. They may not know. This is an opportunity to let the populace know that there's a need to get a registered builder to be part of your structure."  He concluded.

According to statistics, in 2019 alone, Nigeria experienced about 43 building collapse incidents, 17 happened in Lagos, Anambra had 6, Plateau and Delta had 3 each, Oyo, Enugu, Ondo and Osun states had 2 while Imo, Kwara, Abia, Adamawa and Katsina states had one building collapse incident''. 

But speaking at the event, the guest lecturer noted that of all the reported cases of building collapse in Nigeria , there's none that had a professional builder as it's contractor or in the building team. He therefore advised the populace to ensure they secure the services of a professional registered builder. 

In his remarks, Evangelist Michael Asuquo, an award recipient for his enormous contributions in the built industry, informed that it was important for building collapse to be taken seriously as no one might tell who the next victim might be, he, therefore, encouraged all those involved in the building processes to ensure transparency and accountability is their watchword.

Asuquo advised that one of the ways of ensuring all stakeholders involved in the built industry comply to internationally accepted best practices is to a " Circle for Quality Assurance and Compliance in Building", to be monitored by Nigerian Institute of Builders. 

The event which had several relevant players in the sector witnessed accolades from participants as many who spoke with our correspondent called for regular meet ups like this to help sharpen the industry. 

Ealier on the 3rd Vice President of NIOB, Bldr. Bimbo Kolade in a TV interview noted that the disturbing statistics has made it necessary for the NIOB in conjunction with the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON) to raise the consciousness of people and to call the attention of the relevant authorities on the need for the country to practice a standard professional practice in the industry.

On the choice of March 13, he said ''An incidence happened on March 13, 2019 in Lagos in an area called Ita-Faji. On that fateful day, there was a building collapse. It was a public utility building being used for a private school. About 20 pupils aged between 8 to 12 years old died that day.''

The event which started with a sensitisation walk in the morning climaxed with the engagement of stakeholders in the Industry and featured honoring of distinguished stakeholders in the Industries with awards of honor. 

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