Worried by poor management of home construction in the country, homebuilders, comprising individuals, real estate developers, the government and contractors, have been urged to engage the right professionals for quality delivery of housing projects.
They made these calls at the 17th edition of Lagos Housing Fair with the theme: “Quality Management in Housing Delivery.”
They said these calls became imperative due to plethora of cases of building collapse recorded in the last 10 years in Nigeria.
The built environment stakeholders maintained that there were many storey buildings in Lagos metropolis waiting to collapse due to poor construction.
Chairman, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Ikeja branch, Mr. Akin Akintola, pointed out that quality assurance starts from design, saying that engagement of architects had become necessary at this stage.
He urged home builders to use standard cement, quality cables and pipes rather than looking for substandard products, which come with cheap prices and short life span.
He said: “Many houses in Lekki are on waterlogged area, but nobody would know because owners invited the right professionals to do the job for them.
But in some locations, many jettisoned the role of professionals and right practice; many houses are still going to collapse.
Many houses are good to look outside but their inside is full of debris.”
Rather than building enmass to meet housing needs of Nigerians, Chairman of Lagos Housing Fair Committee, Mr. Moses Ogunleye, maintained that efforts should be geared at ensuring that what was being built by stakeholders meet all requirements of quality homes for maximum comfort and safety.
Publicity Secretary, Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS), Mr. Jide Oke, noted that inadequate planning always led to project abandonment, urging homebuilders to engage professionals from the beginning to ensure quality assurance.
He bemoaned Nigerian artisans for lack of capacity, saying that most of the jobs that should have gone to them were being given to foreigners from Togo and Ghana.
He called on them to have a change of attitude and embrace further training to improve their skills.
President of Association of Building Artisans of Nigeria, Mr Jimmy Osinubi, said that supervising engineers were culpable in some of the blames being shifted to his members.
According to him, supervising engineers should be held responsible for shoddy jobs on building site, alleging that they failed to monitor well and that in some instances they compromised standards.
He disclosed that trainings were being organised for all artisans in the country, adding that sanctions awaited any worker found wanting in his duty.
An official of Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mrs. Folake Aka, also advised that professionals should work with artisans to correct the imbalance in the construction process.
Chairman, Town planner’s Registration Council of Nigeria , Professor Layi Egunjobi, said there was need for property to be kept in good condition, noting that most estates in the country were not well managed.
“Quality management starts from design, building construction, completion and occupation by tenants,” he said.
President of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, Dr. Joshua Patunola-Ajayi, said it had become expedient for the Federal Government to see that every Nigerian is housed.
He lauded the Lagos State government for the introduction of rent-to-own policy, urging the federal authority to take a cue from that.
He also wants the government to take the issue of social housing very seriously, urging the private sector to support the authority in this direction.