Breaking News

Falana Seeks Prosecution of 'Sharp Players' in Building Construction

Written by 
Published in Critique
Monday, 03 August 2015 00:00

Against the backdrop of recurring incidents of collapsed buildings in the country, a front line lawyer and human rights activist, Mr Femi Falana has challenged built environment professionals to fish out those who cut corners in building constructions and in the process erect buildings that are dangerous for human habitation.

Falana who spoke at the 7th Annual Distinguished Lecture organised by the Lagos branch of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, NIQS in Lagos stated that instead of sanctions, such culprits should be made to face the full weight of the law.

Speaking on "Leadership, Socio-Economic Impasse and Shortage of Infrastructural Development in Nigeria", Falana charged quantity surveyors to "take control and rid yourselves of quacks who destroy the integrity of your profession before members of the public."

He enjoined them to insist that anybody who practises without acquiring relevant professional knowledge, is jailed. In the same vein, he suggested that foreigners who practise as quantity surveyors without registering with the regulatory body, should also be jailed.

According to him, it would take sacrifice and commitment to the rule of law, to rebuild the country's decaying infrastructure. Mr Falana who criticized the privatization of assets in Nigeria, described what goes on as "the transfer of public assets into private hands without the buyers paying for it".

He noted that it is only in Nigeria that people buy government property, sell part of it and use the proceeds to pay for that asset.

He enjoined the Federal Government to partner with state governments to tap the abundant mineral resources that abound in different parts of the country. Noting that public infrastructures have been allowed to waste, Falana called for an end to what he called "the monumental corruption that has reduced Nigeria to a poverty-stricken nation".

Earlier, the President of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, NIQS, Alhaji Murtala Aliyu called for the creation of an enabling environment that would allow the private sector to partner with the government in the provision of the much needed infrastructure in the country.

The chairman of Lagos NIQS, Mrs. Adenike Ayanda said the chapter has always worked towards contributing positively to the development of the quantity surveying profession.

This is evidenced by the various activities it organises all year round and expressed by the distinct projects carried out by its members generally. The theme of the lecture, she explained, was chosen to examine the past leadership with a view of setting an agenda for the new administration.

 

Source: Vanguard

Read 1430 times
Editor

Online Editor at Interarchtiv Media Company

Sponsored Links

LAGOS ARCHITECTS FORUM 2015: THE BUSINESS OF ARCHITECTURE
REGISTER NOW
Wed. 6th – Sat. 9th May 2015, at the Jasmine and Zinnia Halls, Expo Centre of the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Original VRay Software
www.verticaimages.com
Buy your original VRay software in Nigeria now and get special benefits

Mailing List

Contact us

No. 5 Olusesi Street,Behind Tyse Oil Filling station by Chevron Toll Gate, Lagos.

Tel: +234 [0] 1 293 1819

Tel: +234 [0] 809 357 7122

Tel: +234 [0] 805 341 8334

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Twitter: @interarchtiv

Facebook: Interarchtiv

LinkedIn: Interarchtiv Media

Pintrest: Interarchtiv

Google+: Interarchtiv

Website: http://www.interarchtiv.com

Facebook



Connect with Us

About Us

Interarchtiv is a Media House with a Focus on Architecture, the built Environment, Innovative solutions to complex urban problems in our society and environmental issues. We are interested in how architecture & the environment influences the lives of people & how people in turn interact with the former. We believe our environment shapens our perspective, efficiency, creativity & general well being. 

We are an aggregation of People, Places & Events in one space with a goal of making Architecture Social

JoomShaper