Oyo State government has announced its readiness to evaluate its building laws in the State, as part of its urban renewal drive, to align with global standard and modern aesthetics.
The Commissioner for Public Works and Transport, Prof. Kehinde Sangodoyin, disclosed this on Thursday when he hosted a delegation from the State branch of the Nigerian Institute of Buildings (NIOB) in commemoration of the 2021 builder’s day.
The Commissioner emphasised that although Oyo State rarely experiences building collapse than other States, the re-examination of the building laws was necessary. Hence, their outlook becomes appealing and durable to withstand time test.
Prof. Sangodoyin urged all building industry professionals to collaborate to achieve the desired result in the building industry.
He further advised members of the institute to steer the noble profession into greater heights, adding that the relevance of NIOB was evaporating due to the works of other sister professions like architecture and civil engineers.
The Commissioner assured the institute of the State government’s intention to leverage the partnership between her and the body to bring about better infrastructures in the State.
“This relationship we are forging will have a better effect on social infrastructures in our State, and it will give the people quality for their money when they put up structures, while public infrastructures will be better for it.
“I will want to assure you of the support of the government of Oyo State to achieve this lofty goal, and we call on your members to see core professionalism and discipline as important to take your society to the height it deserves.”
The team leader, the Chairman of the institute, Dr Akeem Wahab, said the institute was created to guarantee that buildings are solid in their construction and are done by professionals, as many quacks and unqualified individuals now impersonate professionals in the society.
He requested that the State government engage their members in the State infrastructural development plan as they are willing to join in national building.