Daily Trust (Abuja)

12 September 2008

Nigeria: Builders List Problems Against the Industry

The Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON), has identified problems bedevilling the Nigerian building industry.

In a statement, the Council said that productivity, value for money, quality construction, safety and overall client satisfaction in the Nigerian construction industry are very low.

According to them, most Nigerian professionals are very conservative with the truth they tell the public, as some claim expertise even in areas of their least competence.

The Council also expressed worry over recent utterances by some professionals in the Built-environment who tend to portray the fact that a particular profession has the onerous task to stop work at building sites.

"By the Builders Registration Enabling Law, Act Cap 40 LFN 1990, the CORBON Council is to regulate and control the practice of building professions in all aspects and ramifications among others, hence no other professionals have the statutory role to stop or close a site being managed by a registered builder."

The statement said that design, construction and management of buildings suffer the most fragmented decision making process in Nigeria, as there is an absence of synergy and team work amongst professionals.

"Each profession seems to devise methods to outwit the other and very recalcitrant to change and each building professional group has formed its own terminology and mode of operation, amplifying the consequences of this fragmentation which does not help the industry."

Other problems identified by the council include inappropriate procurement forms and poor quality work amongst others.

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