and Rukayat Adeyemi
Lagos State Construction Control Agency (LASBCA) Director General Gbolahan Oki on Thursday called for a public police of construction offenses.
Oki made the call at the 30th Lagos Builders’ Conference hosted by the Building Institute (NIOB) in Ikeja.
The theme of the conference was: “Building Control Regulations and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Lagos State: Revitalizing Processes, Optimizing Results”.
Oki noted that in advanced economies, residents monitor public conduct with relevant authorities to nip corruption and other illegalities in the bud.
According to him, state residents and construction experts, who do not report construction offenses around them or in their communities, have failed in their civic responsibilities.
“We are all failures if we don’t report construction infractions,” he said.
Oki noted that timely interventions to end illegalities during building production could help with quality assurance to prevent future building collapses.
He called for the collaboration of building professionals and other construction experts, to ensure synergy for efficiency, quality and job creation in the production management value chain of the building in the state.
The general manager said LABSCA would soon start arresting craftsmen at construction sites without the supervision of registered builders to tame illegal practices.
Oki said the agency has also deployed technology and oversight is key.
According to him, the government’s relaunch of the Certificate of Completion and Housing Suitability aims to introduce efficiency in the enforcement of state laws on building certification.
Dr Samson Opaluwah, outgoing vice president of the Registered Builders Council of Nigeria (CORBON), said the body has established an enforcement unit.
He said the unit would soon start inspecting buildings nationwide to enforce regulations.
Opaluwah said the shortcomings in the construction sites could be remedied with the collaboration of all levels and professional builders.
He commended the Lagos State government for putting in place regulations to standardize the built environment.
Mr. Bayo Owojori, member of the LABSCA Appeal Commission, highlighted the procedures to be followed by various professionals to obtain building certification approvals.
Owojori dwelled on the provisions of section four of the Lagos State Building Control Act, which granted supervisory powers to professional builders.
The Managing Director of Isthmus Engineering Ltd., Mr. Tunde Olatunde, advised the agency to ensure synergy in the operations of its head office and district offices, in order to make the documentation processes easier and more efficient. fast.
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