Stakeholders in the building and construction industry have urged the Federal Government to legalize the National Building Code.
This, according to them would help to achieve the desired sanity and safety in the building industry.
The national building code which came into force in 2006 had been accepted by all stakeholders but had yet to receive legal backing.
The stakeholders issued a communique at the end of the second Lafarge National dialogue series in Abuja and called on the federal government to forwarded the building code without delay to the National Assembly for consideration and passage into law.
The stakeholders in their communique lamented that building collapse have persisted despite continued efforts by professional in the industry and various tiers of government.
The communique however ruled out quality of cement as being responsible for building collapse in the country. “There is no sub standard cement produced in the country as the 32.5 strength manufactured by the cement manufacturers is of world standard.”
According to them, “Professionals are unanimous that cement is not responsible for building collapse and identify issues such as faulty designs, sharp practices, non-involvement of professionals in building projects, over-loading due to change in initial building plans amongst others for economic gains as contributory factors to building collapse.”
The communique also observed that lack of steel industries to drive the building sector remains a major challenge, noting that poor level of electricity generation and supply, lack of efficient and properly equipped laboratories for testing materials have hampered certification and growth process in the industry.