Babatunde Lasabi is President of the
How has the journey been so far as the helmsman of the
Thank you very much for this question. I would say since assuming office as president of the institute, it has been quite challenging and also interesting. We have tried to reposition the institute by bringing its activities to the front burner. Also, it may interest you to know that, not quite long ago, the NIOB was invited to the official launch of the
There seems to be abatement in the incidences of collapsed buildings. Can we say its Uhuru yet?
Well, I would not say it is time to shout Uhuru, but let me quickly point out here, that the abatement though commendable is not enough for complacency by those that are involved in the construction industry.
I would want to point out that for us to experience a lull in respect of the incidences of collapsed buildings nationwide, the right personnel and the right building materials should be deployed as far as any development is concerned. Once this is done, there would be a great reduction in what we see in respect of collapses. It is disgusting that, in this time and century, developers find it unnecessary to engage the services of genuine professionals in handling their construction. In NOIB, we have put in place mechanism where our members can never be involved in any untoward activity that tarnishes the image of the institute. I believe strongly, that the involvement of the right professionals from the conceptualisation to the end of any development would no doubt, help in stemming the ugly incidences of collapsed buildings that have become a national embarrassment especially to those of us in the construction industry. I also want to point out here that until the National Building Code is passed by the
Briefly comment on the Land Use Act. What is your take on the matter?
Well, I think the Act should be reviewed especially the area that bothers on the governor's consent in respect of tiles on land. The aspect has been abused by some governors. There had been series of allegations that some governors used to hide under the section of the Act to victimize perceived political opponents in the issuance of title deeds. This power is too enormous to reside in an individual. It is expedient for the
The deficit in the housing stock is about 17 million. How do we address this shortfall?
Government should involve the private sector in trying to address the deficit n the housing stock. It is commendable that the Federal Government has taken the initiative to build 500,000 housing units this year. But to achieve this they should provide the enabling environment aside from involving investors in actualizing the dream.
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