Nigeria announces new national building code

Africa building constuctionNigeria has announced new national building code which will monitor construction works to safeguard lives and property across the country

Babatunde Fashola, minister of power, works and housing, announced the new building code during the inauguration of members of Architect Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON).

As there are some incidents where wrong construction plans led to deaths in the country, the Nigerian government is adopting conscious measures to protect the citizens and loss of life and property, said Fashola.

According to the minister, the new code will determine the standard of educational qualification of members and regulate the activities of architects in Nigeria’s construction industry.

He further added that the Federal government of Nigeria is committed to the infrastructural development and ensuring safety of the workers. According to him, buildings will now be designed in such a way that public safety cannot be compromised.

The industry experts also lauded the government’s initiative in revising the existing national building code, saying that the government took a right direction and synergy for effective housing delivery.

The experts further encouraged stakeholders in Nigeria to have positive attitude for the adoption of the new building code, to ensure well-regulated and effective operations of a large number of construction activities in the country.

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