Over 99 per cent of cases of building collapse in Nigeria have been attributed to entrants of unprofessional developers into the system.
The president, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Tasiu Sa’ad Godari-Wudil, stated this in Abuja yesterday during the 2022 Mechanical Engineering Distinguished Lecture, organised by the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers (NIMechE).
Speaking on the theme, “Leadership Qualities And Skills For Effective Management Of Divisions Of The Nigerian Society Of Engineers,” Godari-Wudil, urged the engineers to work hard and make sure that the profession produces the right engineers.
On the building collapse menace he said, “The customer is the most important person in this process. The client, most of the time they don’t employ the services of our professionals. They employ the services of quacks and that is why you see 99% of the building collapses do not involve our professional members.
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“It involved people, somebody who just say I know how to do it. So, we would like to call on the Nigerian public to always involve professionals. In situations where our members are involved in such shoddy deals and the failures are traced to them, we will handle them. We have our processes of disciplining our members.”
The national chairman of the association, Engr (Mrs) Funmilade Akingbagbohun said NIMechE under her administration has made tremendous progress to broaden the institution’s scope and serve its members, despite various challenges encountered.