The. Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has urged members of the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON) to develop for implementation, effective strategies, framework and benchmarks for ensuring the proper application of the project quality management plan of building projects in Nigeria. He said this will guarantee the attainment of quality in project delivery as well as regulate and control the practice of the building profession.
The Minister said this today at the 15th Induction / Investiture ceremony of New Builders held in Abuja. The Minister who was represented by the Director, Public Building and Housing Department in the Ministry, Arc. Sani Gidado, said that the present administration was determined to ensure the enactment of enabling legislation on the National Building Code which includes Project Quality Management Plan in contract documentation for full implementation.
Fashola identified cases of building failures and collapse in Nigeria as a clear manifestation of failings of the designs and the construction processes and stated that the onus lies with the critical stakeholders to undertake a conscientious overhaul of the present system to curb the menace.
He commended the Council for its contributions in the quest to achieve sanity in the built industry especially on its consistency in contributions and recommendations to the National Building Code and the National Council on Housing.
In his welcome address, Chairman of CORBON, Bldr.Prof. Bala Kabir said the Council has the primary responsibility of establishing and implementing standards of education and practice for Building Technology provided in the Builders Registration Act. He said some of the specific functions in the Act include: to regulate the activities of Builders through registration and licensure; define the scope of practice of building technology; set standards for practice and continuing education of Builders and discipline registered and license holders.
He said that the induction is another effort to disenfranchise quacks from carrying out their illegal activities in the industry and admonished the inductees to be building production managers who will ensure good quality project delivery at all times.
Guest speaker at the occasion, Prof Akin Akindoyeni also urged the Builders to maintain standards and quality and also go for expertise in the profession, adding that it is incumbent on the inductees and others to keep abreast of modern technology in the industry.
A total of 106 members were inducted into the Council.
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