Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said the inauguration of the 7the Council of the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON) is to forge a new beginning for professionalism and expertise in the field of building.
He made this known during the inauguration of the 7th CORBON Council at the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing Conference Hall in Abuja.
According to Fashola if there is a high level of expertise in the construction of buildings then collapse should be reduced to the barest minimum stating that professionals in the built sector must begin to do the right thing and accept mistakes to avert crisis.
Fashola also added that the diversity of the nation is largely represented on the council and each member of the council is a registered builder.
Addressing the gathering, Chairman of the Council of CORBON, Bldr. Samson Opaluwah echoed the Minister’s call for professionalism while emphasising the importance of enhancing the building professionals regulatory framework for effective contribution to national development in Nigeria.
He added that the council will liaise with other professionals in the built environment to ensure collaboration and boost the performance of the sector.
According to him, as a matter of priority, the 7th Council will work towards repositioning building as a responsive construction management profession through the design and implementation of training programs that will reskill, retool, and equip Builders with the relevant skills and knowledge to perform their duties optimally.
Meanwhile, the President of the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) who is also a member of the newly inaugurated council, Bldr.(Prof.) Yohana Izam also made a firm call for professionalism and collaboration in order to promote construction development and end building collapse in Nigeria.
The Ministry, newly inaugurated council members and stakeholders agree that the mission of the Council of CORBON which is to promote excellence in building technology, construction and management in all its aspects and ramifications, and to regulate their practice in Nigeria must be sustained.