Nigerian artisans seek roles in building projects

Just like the professional bodies in the built environment are being piqued by the incessant building collapse in the country, , Builders and Construction Skilled Artisans Association of Nigeria (BACSAAN), has called on the governments to engage and empower the association in the fight against the menace. .

Making the call in Abuja recently, against the backdrop of collapsed buildings in Lagos and Ibadan two weeks ago, the National President of BACSAAN, Alhaji Fasasi Muhammed-Jamiu said that this would greatly reverse the spate of building collapse mostly associated with poor construction.

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According to Muhamed-Jamiu, collaboration with his group would go a long way to solve the problem of building collapse, just as governments are collaborating with the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) and Nigeria Institute of Builders (NIOB) and other professional bodies.

He was of the view that the existing regulatory bodies at different levels of governments are trying but don’t have the wherewithal to make much effective impact across the length and breadth of the country.

“Building collapses in Nigeria can be avoided if pre-adequate measures are taken by all key players in the sector. Although, there are construction monitoring agencies in the country, but the ability to know where poor jobs are being done and true status of buildings lays with the artisans that work on them.

“Governments, especially, at the federal level have invited us for several meetings, its high time we were involved in the regulatory exercise. Our inclusion will complement efforts of the existing operators because we take part from the beginning to the end of each construction”, said Muhamed-Jamiu.

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