The 1st Vice President of the Nigerian Institute of Building, Mr.Kunle Awobodu, says acquiring new skills remains the solutions to the problem of workmanship in the real estate industry.
Awobodu, who spoke at the inauguration of the new executive members of the Lagos State Bricklayers Association, stressed the importance of skills upgrade in the trade of brick/block laying and rendering.
He said that when coaches of bricks or blocks were not perfectly laid, it would result in higher consumption of mortar, adding that corrective measures during rendering that required excessive filling with mortar in order to achieve a flat and smooth wall surface would eventually create cracks in the wall surface.
“Bricklayers need to abide by the appropriate construction procedure from the beginning in their aspect of work on site rather than make a bypass that could lead to shoddy jobs,” he said.
Awobodu also urged the bricklayers to participate in the ongoing skills acquisition and training programme for building artisans at approved training centres across the six geo-political zones of the country.
He said, “This exercise is the Federal Government’s N-Power Programme that is being coordinated by the office of the Vice President of Nigeria under the National Social Investment Office, in partnership with the regulatory body of the building sector, the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria.
“An assessment tour of the training centres has revealed that majority of those learning masonry trade are graduates of various disciplines from different institutions of higher learning. It means that future masons or bricklayers will be more advanced in technical knowledge and skills.”
Another speaker at the event and a director at ULDA Institute, Mr.Gbola Oba, said bricklayers should submit themselves for assessment under the National Vocational Qualifications Framework in order to place them in the appropriate grade.
A former Minister of State for Defence, Senator MusiliuObanikoro, who was also at the event, stated that bricklayers were relevant in the society and urged them not to betray the trust the people have in them.
The newly sworn in President of the association, Mr.TayeOyebamiji, pledged that his tenure would promote modern training and safety among bricklayers in Lagos State.