President, Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, Mr Rowland Abonta, said that the body would partner other regulatory and law enforcement agencies to end building collapse menace.
Abonta told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Port Harcourt that institutional corruption had indeed given rise to loopholes for quackery.
According to him, quackery is an endemic problem in all professions.
“In Nigeria, quackery is not peculiar to the building industry so, as a professional body, we have solidified arrangements with the law enforcement agencies to ensure that those who attempt to misrepresent us are properly profiled and dealt with.
He said that this step would indeed check the activities of quarks in the building industry.
He attributed building collapse in Nigeria to activities of quarks and the use of substandard construction materials and gave the assurance that measures were being taken to end the menace.
“Again building collapse is one amongst so many national calamities we have been battling with; a situation where people rather use substandard materials for construction is disheartening.
He attributed building collapse to situations where people would refuse to engage appropriate professionals for project supervision stressing that it was a major reason for consistent building collapses in the country.
“As a body, we’ve made very frantic efforts to end the challenge of building collapse; right now there is collaboration with all professional bodies in the building industry.
“This is targeted at proffering a permanent solution to this national malaise and I’m sure that in no distant time we would stop hearing about building collapse in our country,’’ he said.
Abonta explained that as part of efforts toward improving service delivery in the industry, the professional body had floated an Association of Estate Agents of Nigeria about five years ago.
“Our intention was to bring in a number of our own graduates who couldn’t scale through professional exterminations that would have certified them as registered Estate Surveyors.
“Similarly we are looking at people in other professions who may have traded in the real estate business in a long time.’’
He said that the association decided to bring all the professional bodies together under that umbrella to regulate their activities.
Abonta said that the practitioners were trained on best practices and effective service delivery.
He said that their trainings were crowned with some form of certification, adding “who knows one day they may grow to become professional Estate Surveyors and valuers.’’
He also said that the collaboration was actually one of the community development projects embarked upon by the body.
He added that it was also one of the areas for expansion to accommodate practitioners in the real estate business.
“Rather than allowing them, continue practicing on their own and putting construction works at risk, we have provided this opportunity to make them part of us, give them the requisite training and equip them for the task in the industry.
“So far, in Lagos state close to 1,000 persons have enlisted in this training programme and in Rivers there is also a branch that has been launched with about 200 persons enlisted for the training.
“In Abuja and virtually all major cities across the country we have replicated these training institutions to enhance the building industry and check the concerns over building collapse,’’ he said.