Buhari Identifies Why Buildings Are Collapsing Now
President Muhammadu Buhari has identified two things that are the major cause of building collapse now.
In the past two weeks over three buildings have collapsed in Lagos, Ibadan and some other states and the President has said that persons responsible for building collapses in Nigeria will not go free, President Muhammadu Buhari has said.
The President on Tuesday expressed concern over the incessant building collapses across Nigeria, warning that those responsible for such incidents of professional negligence will feel the full wrath of the law.
He said incompetence and greed were responsible for the incidents.
The President gave the warning when he received the leadership of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS), led by Mr Obafemi Onashile, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday
According to the president, the dark days of impunity are gone for good, but he did not say if government agencies that have also been accused of failing to implement the law strictly would be affected.
President Buhari assured Nigerians that his administration would remain focused and committed to creating an inclusive and diversified economy.
He told members of the Institute that the recent tragic incident in Lagos, and many others across Nigeria, were reminder of the need to strictly adhere to quality standards on construction projects.
‘‘Young innocent lives must never be lost due to incompetence and greed. Simply put, no corners must be cut.
“I want to assure you that those responsible for such incidents of professional negligence will feel the full wrath of the law," he said.
The President welcomed recommendations and suggestions from the Institute on how to enhance the construction industry, directing that they make a formal submission to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing as soon as possible.
President Buhari, again, used the opportunity to thank Nigerians for clearly expressing their desire to move the nation forward.
‘‘Let me start by thanking you for your kind prayers,’’ the President told members of the Institute, who came to congratulate him on his re-election and pledge their solidarity with his administration.
President Buhari added: "Nigerians have clearly spoken of their desire for the country to move forward. On our part, we remain committed to the Change Agenda.
“By the grace of God, and with your continued prayers and support, the dark days of impunity are gone for good".
While highlighting the administration’s achievements in stimulating the economy in the past three years, the president noted that growing the nation’s economy means ‘‘national growth must impact the silent majority.’’
He said: ‘‘This is why in the past three years; we focused on key job-creating sectors such as agriculture and infrastructure development.
‘‘You will all recall that our agriculture and infrastructure programmes contributed to our exit from recession. This is a clear example of how, if we push ‘inclusive’ job-creating policies, growth will follow.
‘‘We will remain committed to these and other programmes to ensure the success of our nation is felt by the majority of Nigerians".
In his presentation, the President of NIQS, Onashile appealed to the Federal Government to create a Directorate of Quantity Surveying and Projects Costs Management to address the issue of unclear delineation of professional functions amongst construction professions within the Government.
He also made a case for Quantity Surveyors to be mandated and allowed to undertake cost management of projects of all forms on behalf of Government, among others.
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