To ensure quality service delivery by professionals in the built environment, builders have been challenged to inculcate best practices on their clients, and ensure sound house keeping records to avoid hazards on projects.
Participants at a two-day workshop on Mandatory Continuous Professional Development Programme organized by Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB gave the advice in a communiqué on the theme: ”Site Management practices for builders” held in Lagos, Abuja, Katsina and Akwa-Ibom.
They also wants construction site layouts to be well defined and designed at the commencement of a building construction project by a registered builder while temporary site layout planning for building construction works must be rendered by builders that the Nigerian public should take advantage of.
Among the attendees are the Africa’s first builder and Pioneer President of NIOB, the 90 year old Fatai Osikoya and Oba of Odo Ayandolu in Lagos State; Aderibigbe Asu mo, Commissioner, Kastina State Ministry of Works, Tasi’u Dahiru Dandagoro, Cross River State Ministry of Works; Charles Eyong and the General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA); Dotun Lasoju amongst others.
According to NIOB, avoidable fatalities, accidents, waste and double handling are the effects of improper layout of sites during construction, which often impact on deliverables such as time, cost and quality.
While stating that the construction methodology is a precursor to the preparation of construction programme, the association observed that some collapsed buildings are attributable to unrealistic and unprofessionally projected time frames warning both public and private sectors procuring and executing entities to request for and use Construction Programme duly prepared by registered builders for time and other resource management.
The communiqué harped on the need for proper record keeping of different activities during and after the life span of a project, proper house- keeping planning, and putting cost into the project as routine practices.
“Builders should enhance these best practices on their projects while clients should play their roles accordingly Poor project record keeping affects future projections of projects. Additionally, poor house-keeping can lead to avoidable hazards on project sites”, it stated.
The association appealed to states to emulate Lagos state government by putting in place anti-environmental nuisance laws, which will eliminate activities of the area boys otherwise called ‘Omo onile syndrome’.