President Muhammadu Buhari has attributed the rampant incidents of building collapse in the country in recent times to professional negligence.
Buhari spoke yesterday during a courtesy visit on him by the leadership of National Institute of Quantify Surveyors (NIQS) at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Accordingly, he vowed that those found culpable would not escape the wrath of law.
He said “With our significant infrastructure deficit, your sector has the potential and the bandwidth to create impactful jobs across the country. Both urban and rural areas.
“ However, the recent tragic incident in Lagos and many others across the country, reminds us of the need to strictly adhere to quality standards when it comes to construction projects. Young innocent lives must never be lost due to incompetence and greed. Simply put, no corners must be cut. I want to assure you that those responsible for such incidents of professional negligence will feel the full wrath of the law.
“I am therefore pleased to hear your recommendations and suggestions on how we can enhance the construction industry,” President Buhari said.
The President directed the Quantity Surveyors to make their submissions to the Minister of Works , Power and Housing immediately so that the reform could commence.
Earlier in his address, the national president of NIQS, Obafemi Adeshile urged government to ensure that professionals are restricted only to their areas of specialisation whenever construction are taking place.
He attributed the collapse of buildings to the practice whereby one professional assumes the role of others in areas that he is less competent.
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