Fashola tasks council on ending building collapse in Nigeria


Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has tasked the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON) with lasting solutions to the incessant cases of building collapse in the country.

The minister, who gave the charge on Tuesday in Abuja, while inaugurating the Seventh Council of CORBON, urged the council to imbibe professionalism and ensure that the ethics guiding the profession were upheld.

“The first thing you need to note and desire is expertise, are you an expert indeed or by title alone? If you are really an expert, why do buildings fall down?

“I know you are not the only players in the building sector so I am not putting the blame on you alone. But you have a role to play.

“Being a professional means that you are moral and we are ethical, so a professional always does the right thing. Will you do the right thing no matter the circumstances you find yourself in?

“As a professional body, you should know every subject in your area, be masters of the game and a controller of the skills, if you use your skills well you will not have unusual results”, he said.

The minister revealed further that the need for professionalism necessitated the mandate by President Muhammadu Buhari to inaugurate the board, therefore advising them not to let down their guard

On his part, the Chairman of the Council, Samson Opaluwa, in his remarks said that the council was established to regulate the practice of building construction, maintenance, and management in Nigeria, regulate and control the practice of the Building profession in all its aspects and ramifications.

He said that the council would also step up measures on the need to improve the skills of builders, building technologists, technicians and artisans in the building industry on the emerging technologies.

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