Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri
Worried by the rise in building collapses across the country, the Nigeria Institution of Sueveyors (NIS) has vowed to press for a building monitoring bill at the National Assembly as a means of curbing the menace.
This was disclosed by National President of NIS Charles Alabo during the 2019 investiture ceremony of the body in Owerri at the weekend.
“Why is that when a building collapses they would include surveyors? 2e can only test the loamy soil, we are not the geo technical engineers, it does not concern us, but where I think we should coming in is the monitoring aspect of it. I think we are going to the National Assembly to pass the law for building monitoring this way it would be checked,” Alabo said.
Alabo noted that NIS should be completely exonerated from the incidents because they are not responsible for materials used in the construction of the building.
He however pointed out that if the monitoring bill is passed, it will become the responsibility of surveyors to monitor the construction of the building from its sand texture level up to its completion.
The highlight of the NIS ceremony was the investure of five members of body as fellows of the professional body. Those invested were Gertrude Njar, Dupe Olayinka, Solomon Olukotun, Babatunde Oluwasunkanmi and O. B Ogunlami as fellows NIS.