The federal government has passed the revised national building code which would help in regulating and checkmating activities in the built environment.
Minister of power, works & housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, stated this in Abuja yesterday at the inauguration of 45 newly- reconstituted members of Architect Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON) selected from the 36 states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
He urged members to ensure that buildings were designed, constructed and utilised without compromising public health and safety even as he sought their input on the revised national building code.
Fashola recalled that Nigeria has signed the Paris climate change agreement which obliged governments to help in the global conservation efforts, not only of water but also in energy and other national resources, which he said was captured in the revised national building code.
The minister pointed out that government would continue to lean on the experience and huge knowledge of ARCON to improve the built environment.
According to him, “We expect that as a regulatory body, you will help to checkmate such activities that will cause few discomfort, death, injuries and unqualified losses by unqualified persons who operate or attempt to operate in the built environment.”
He said that government was not unmindful of the disagreement between ARCON and Nigeria Institute of Architects (NIA) adding that the inauguration would mark a new beginning for both professional bodies.
Fashola hinted that government utilised the services of architects both within and outside the ministry to carry out the pilot project of the National Housing Programme (NHP) which is at different stages of construction.
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