Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has assured that the state would domesticate the national building code.
This he said will address the issue of quackery in the profession of Architects.
He disclosed this at an occasion to mark the 60 years of existence of the National Institute of Architects in Makurdi within the week.
The Theme of the event tagged: “NIA @ 60, Past, Present, and Future Possibilities”, plans to set a future agenda at the annual conference of the Institute, where it would address emerging challenges in the sector.
Governor Samuel observed that architects have central roles to play in achieving targets of nation-building and assured that the state government would look at the need to revamp local industry for the production of local building materials, as part of a measure to check substandard products.
Earlier, the NIA President, Arc. Sonny Echono explained that in commemoration of NIAs 60 years in Nigeria, it became expedient to relieve, reform and rebrand the body’s role as professionals in nation-building and the society at large.
He said among such measures is the development a national building code, which it has already submitted to the federal government.
He argues that when implemented, the building code would address problems of frequent collapse of buildings in the country.
He asserted, “We have now developed a national building code to the federal government, and Benue governor has promised to domesticate that in the state so that a little resources people have in investing in the building will not be wasted.
“We are addressing what we call a fundamental national problem, that is where a lot of resources are invested often by people at least in the construction of buildings and houses.
“In other parts of the world when you manage to save and build a house, your building sometimes lasts over like 100 years, and over time you derive the benefits from the investment.
“Unfortunately, that is not the case in Nigeria today. Buildings put up 50 or 40 years ago when the colonial masters are here some of them are stronger and tend to last longer than the one we are building today.
“That is why we want to address the issue of huge waste that goes into the massive failure of buildings and there are many reasons for this.
“Some of them are due to poor use of materials, some poor workmanship during the process of assembling them is not properly done.
“And we have so many situations where we have so many quacks who don’t understand what buildings are about and are being allowed to design buildings and present them.
He added: “Others will have a good design and they engaged quacks to supervise the projects and supervision is even the most important part of a building process.”