The Lagos State Government has called for continuous upgrade of the skills and competencies of artisans in the building and construction industry to help in the fight against building collapse.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing, Mr Wasiu Akewusola, said it was crucial for delivering high-quality buildings.
Akewusola made this call when members of the Nigerian Institution of Building visited the ministry.
According to him, the significant role played by artisans cannot be underestimated as they determine the specifications of most building projects.
“It is therefore in the best interest of all stakeholders along the building value chain to spare a thought for the continuous improvement of the skills of these artisans so that their output can justify the time and financial investment of all concerned,” Akewusola added.
He also noted that the failure of most building designs was as a result of the inability of artisans to correctly translate building plans or designs into reality.
“Artisans are very important in achieving the goals of building safe and sustainable homes, hence, the Lagos State Government is set for an active involvement in capacity building for this category of workers,” he said.
Akewusola said the country’s Gross Domestic Product would improve with enhanced capacity of the artisans.
He explained that upgrading and retooling of artisans would also make them to be more marketable in the global labour market.
The Chairman of the Lagos State Chapter of the NIOB, Mr Sunday Wusu, who led his members on the visit, said the institute was interested in supporting the state government in developing content and modules that would result in enhancing the capabilities of masons, tillers, painters and aluminum fabricators, who would add value to the deliverables of the state in the housing sector.
Wusu said safety and quality of homes could only be assured when the artisans were well grounded in their various areas of specialisation.
A former Chairperson of the chapter, Mrs Adenike Said, also appealed for the placement of some of the institute’s trainees on the ongoing projects of the state so that they could acquire appropriate site experience to boost their understanding of the practice.
Akewusola called for improved collaboration with all the professional associations in the built environment for a speedy actualisation of the transformation agenda of the state government in the housing sector.