CORBON Council expresses commitment to curb quackery in building profession

CORBON Registrar said that the council would ensure the arrest and prosecution of quacks in the profession.

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The Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON) says it is committed to eradicating the menace of quackery and sharp practices in the building sector in order to curb building collapse.

Dr Peter Kuroshi, CORBON Registrar, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Abuja on Saturday that the council would ensure the arrest and prosecution of quacks in the profession.

Kuroshi warned that the council would also penalise any registered builder involved in malpractices.

He said that if the menace was not curbed it would continue to contribute to substandard building resulting to collapse building in the country.

According to him, the council has a major challenge in the industry, which is challenge of  quacks.

He said, “Quackery is a big problem that we have been trying as hard as we could to address.

“For instance if a builder, who is a trained professional but not registered and licensed by CORBON is involved in building production management, we consider such a person as a quack.

“Quackery has been responsible for many of the substandard buildings you have seen. Quite number of buildings that had collapsed were works of quacks.

Kuroshi noted that quacks could be involved in the planning or design in a building but the area where quackery could be more prevalent was the production stage of a building project delivery.

In each building that you see standing, all the professions should be involved.

“Some professionals are responsible for the design, some are responsible for the generation of cost implications, some provide planning information, some are strictly responsible for the marketing of completed product,” he said.

According to the CORBON boss, a  builder is responsible for the production of the buildings but will rely on the input from designers like Architects (architectural drawings and specifications) and Engineers.

Others he listed are Quantity Surveyors (Bill of quantities), town planners (land use and land use information and analysis reports).

The registrar noted that the council’s periodic inspection of building sites would also assist in curbing the menace of building collapse in the country.

Kuroshi said that the measure was aimed at establishing and sustaining standard in building production processes.

Every  professional, participant, contractor, manufacturers and suppliers involved in building delivery is supposed to be regulated strictly.

“Unless we are able to establish standards and sustain these standards in respect to resources that are used and personnel that are involved in building production processes, we will continue to have challenges," he said.

Kuroshi called for collaboration among various professions to ensure regulation and stringent monitoring of the activities of contractors.

He decried the way and manner actual execution of construction processes were being managed in the country.

CORBON is a government regulatory agency, established in 1989 to regulate and control building technology, profession and practices under the supervision of Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing. 

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