By Favour Nnabugwu
Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers, NCRIB and the Nigerian Institute of Archicture, NIA,meet to find an enduring way to curtail the building collapse in the country
The NCRIB president, Mr Rotimi Edu, lent his voice to the topic of disastrous building collapse in Nigeria in a lecture, titled, “Insurance for Architect and Professionals”, during the February Business Meeting of the Nigerian Institute of Architects held in Lagos.
Mr. Edu who was the guest speaker at the well-attended Business Meeng of the Institute urged all professionals in built industry to pay more a*enon to all specificatons of building construction to avoid incessant building collapse that had claimed several lives.
As a way out, Mr. Edu said that the issue of enforcement of relevant laws that would ensure that contractors were not negligent in discharging their responsibililes, including all required insurance policies, should not be held with kid-gloves.
According to him, there were many buildings across the country that were not proper and +t for human habitation, he appealed to all relevant agencies which include both the Federal and State Fire Services to act in accordance with the law and clamp down on such buildings Mr. Edu however, urged members of the Nigerian Institute of Architects to embrace insurance policies that are relevant to their profession.
He noted that members of Nigerian Institute of Architects were mandated by law to have Professional indemnity among many other types of policies that are available. Also speaking at the event, the Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Architects, Arc David Majekodunmi blamed the incessant building collapse on relevant government agencies that were not seen doing what they ought to do.
Mr. Majekodunmi lamented that government has not been seen implementing several recommendations of panel of enquiries raised to address the menace of building collapse.He also noted that most of the building collapses were basically negligence by professionals, clients and workers, who would have been brought to book and serve as deterrent to others if government implanted the recommendation submitted by the panel