By Daniel Tyokua
A professor of building at Baze University, Abuja, Bala Muhammad has called on government and key actors in the built sector to ensure that only builders with the requisite knowledge are allowed to handle buildings or construction work across the country.
He said involving experts in constructions would put to an end the alarming stage of building collapse in the society.
Muhammad stated this at the maiden professorial inaugural lecture series, titled: ‘Building collapse and builders in shackles: Research efforts on polymer modified concrete as way out’ put together by the management of Baze University, Abuja.
The don believes that if only professionals are saddled with the responsibility of building, cases of building collapse would become a thing of the past.
“There are trained professionals within and outside the country, their task is to ensure safety for users of building, no laws that mandated clients to engage the services of unprofessional. All cases of building collapse in the country; none is handled by a professional.
“Many people claim to be professionals without having the basic training and requirement that is expected of such person. Some claim but they are not”
He advised the government and regulatory bodies to evolve measures that will put an end to quackery and other abuses that are being experienced in the building sector.
The don and dean, faculty of environmental sciences, insisted that most of the challenges could only be overcome when the right people are given the opportunity to run the system.
He also identified the use of quality construction materials as another way to address the menace in built sector.
“The presence of substandard building materials in our markets is the greatest obstacles towards achieving strong, stable, safe and durable buildings. Inferior building materials either contribute directly to the weakening of the elemental parts of the building or promote rapid decline in the overall integrity of the building with consequent effect on mechanical and durability functions” he said.