COMMUNIQUE AT THE INAUGURAL BUILT ENVIRONMENT WOMEN COLLABORATION SEMINAR

INAUGURAL BUILT ENVIRONMENT WOMEN COLLABORATION SEMINAR by ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL WOMEN BUILDERS IN NIGERIA (APWBN) held recently at NAF Conference Centre, Ahmadu Bello Way, Kado, Abuja.

Theme: COLLABORATION AMONG WOMEN PROFESSIONALS OF THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT TO CURB/ERADICATE INCESSANT BUILDING COLLAPSE IN NIGERIA.

Chief Host: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF POWER, WORKS AND HOUSING, MR. BABATUNDE FASHOLA, SAN.

Chairman of Occasion: Alh. Yahaya Amfani.

Mother of the Day: Her Excellency, Barrister Aisha Abubakar ( Wife of Bauchi State Governor )

Special Guests:

  1. Former Chairman of Council, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Arc. Mohammed Dewu.
  2. President, Nigerian Institute of Building, Bldr. Kenneth Nnabuife Nduka.
  3. Chairman, NIOB College of Fellows, Bldr. Mrs. Debola Araba

Moderator: Prof. Martin Dada.

1st Keynote speaker: Immediate Past President, Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Qs. Mrs. Mercy Iyortyer.

2nd Keynote speaker: Former DG, NIPPS and Chairman of CORBON, Prof. Akin Akindoyeni.

PAPER PRESENTERS/ PENEL OF DISCUSSANTS ( All females):

  1. Surv. Gertrude Njar,
  2. Tpl. Morenike Babalola,
  3. Arc.Moradeke Okunrinboye,
  4. Engr.Omolola Adenike,
  5. Qs.Ronke Oyelami ,
  6. Bldr. (Alhaja) Iyabode Bolarinwa
  7. Titi Verissimo (From Building Control Agency in England)

The Communique observed the following:

-Non use of Survey Plan and other necessary information as a guide during construction.

-Compromising of integrity by Professionals on the quality of materials and workmanship.

-Non collaboration in enforcement of the laws that can eradicate building collapse.

-Inadequate mentoring among women professionals.

-Lack of integration of all professionals in the built environment right from the design stage to completion.

-Lack of understanding of the behaviour of materials used for construction.

-The commencement of projects before arriving at the cost.

-The idea of copy and pasting specifications/budgets of old contracts for new ones.

-Awarding contracts to Contractors with low sum which may lead to abandonment/collapse.

-Long process of getting approvals as well as high cost involved.

-Lack of quality control, quality assurance and health and safety plans.

-Lack of maintenance in buildings.

The following recommendations were made:

(1)The importance of using Survey Plan and other necessary information as a guide during construction to prevent building collapse.

(2)Women Professionals should ensure integrity in their projects.

(3)There should be collaboration/teamwork among women
professionals to help reduce collapse.

(4)Women Professionals must mentor younger ones to bridge the gap between theory in classroom and practicals on site.

(5)Integration of all Professionals in the built environment right from design stage to completion.

(6)The need for understanding of the behaviour of materials to be used for construction to prevent collapse.

(7)New specifications/budgets should be prepared for each project.

(8)Tendering processes and sums should be critically evaluated before awarding contracts.

(9)The approval process time of building design documents as well as the cost should be reduced.

(10)There should be quality control, quality assurance as well as health and safety plans for all projects.

(11)Maintenance of buildings should be periodically carried out as it helps to retain buildings in functioning order.

(12)There should be enforcement of existing laws and sanctions for offenders.

(13)There should be formation of Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG) at different levels/states for sensitization, awareness and investigation.

Signed:

H.E. ( Mrs.) Bldr. Lami Kawu Muhammad, President, APWBN

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