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‘Building Collapse Will Persist Until Quacks Are Expelled’

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The acting chairman of Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB), FCT chapter, Omale Peter Ameh, has insisted that the alarming building collapses witnessed in the country would continue until quacks were expelled from handling building and construction works.

This is even as he noted that the consequence of the such collapse was the continuous loss of valuable lives and property. He stated this in Abuja yesterday at the 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the FCT chapter of NIOB with the theme:  ‘Professional Synergy: A Panacea for Effective Project Management.’

Ameh lamented that one of the greatest challenges in the built environment was the need for appropriate regulations, effective enforcement and the application of sanctions and punishments to erring offenders in the sector. He noted that not less than six members of the institute have been engaged to supervise the Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB) school projects built across the six area councils of the FCT as a way of creating employment for members.

Ameh pointed out that while the partners have technically agreed to commence work together that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the collaboration would be signed soon. On training and development, he confirmed that the chapter has entered into partnership with the Construction Skills Training and Empowerment Project (C-STEMP) for training and empowerment of members and the construction skilled workforce comprising artisans and craftsmen within the FCT.

According to him, “The recent  introduction of the National Skills Qualification (NSQF) framework by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has also given some of our members the opportunity to train as assessors, internal verifiers and external verifiers.” He encouraged members to participate in the National Skills Qualification (NSQ) framework by keying into the programme and making themselves available for the training.



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