The Rivers State government has called on professionals in the building industry to ensure that the implementation of laws and codes guiding the building industry achieve the desired technical, social and economic outcome to guarantee quality, health, safety and general welfare of the public.
The Commissioner for Housing, Hon. Marshal Stanley-Uwom, made the call yesterday while speaking in Port Harcourt during a breakfast meeting with the leadership of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS), Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyor and Valuers (NIESV), Nigerian Institute of Town Planning (NITP), Nigerian Institute of Architecture (NIA) and the Nigerian Institute of Builders (NIOB).
Uwom stated that the National Building Code of 2006 which attempted to address issues of pre-design, design, construction and post-construction or occupation was beset with numerous challenges, pointing out that the challenges range from the lack of implementation by requisite legislative and public service authorities, to general lack of public awareness.
He said, “While the government must enact laws and make regulations to guide those who build, the professionals in the building industry must ensure that the implementation of such laws and codes achieve the desired technical, social, and economic outcome.”