PROP­ERTY CORBON to reg­u­late ar­ti­sans, crafts­men

Daily Trust - - PROPERTY - By Us­man A. Bello

The Coun­cil of Reg­is­tered Builders of Nige­ria (CORBON) said it would soon com­mence the reg­is­tra­tion and li­cens­ing of ar­ti­sans and crafts­men in the coun­try in or­der to im­prove the build­ing in­dus­try.

CORBON Reg­is­trar, Builder Peter Kuroshi, who said this at the week­end in an ex­clu­sive chat with Daily Trust, said the de­ci­sion was to reg­u­late the ac­tiv­i­ties of ar­ti­sans and crafts­men so as to san­i­tize the build­ing and con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the Na­tional Build­ing Code clearly stip­u­lates that the su­per­vi­sion and reg­u­la­tion of ar­ti­sans and crafts­men on build­ing site is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of CORBON.

“We have ac­tu­ally com­menced the process of reg­is­ter­ing and li­cens­ing of the ar­ti­sans and crafts­men. So by the time we have them on our register, we would be able to closely mon­i­tor their ac­tiv­i­ties and im­prove on their job,” he said.

He added that in the near­est fu­ture when a builder or devel­oper is en­gag­ing them they should look for CORBON li­cense so as to make sure that the per­son they en­gage has been as­sessed, ver­i­fied, reg­is­tered and li­censed to pro­vide what­ever ser­vices the li­cense is sug­gest­ing,” he said.

The Reg­is­trar ex­plained that the li­cense is go­ing to be in form of iden­tity card that would in­di­cate the ar­ti­sans and crafts­men bio­met­ric data and their area of trade that they are li­censed to pro­vide and by so do­ing we would be able to mon­i­tor their ac­tiv­i­ties.

He iden­ti­fied quack­ery as the ma­jor cause of build­ing col­lapse in the coun­try, lament­ing that most of build­ings in the coun­try es­pe­cially those in Abuja are sub­stan­dard and that they seek­ing ways of im­prov­ing the qual­ity.

Buldr Kuroshi said the coun­cil has been re­ceiv­ing com­plain from sub­scribers that some of the houses pro­duced by de­vel­op­ers which they bought do not meet their ex­pec­ta­tion as they have to spend al­most the money they used in pur­chas­ing the build­ing to make it hab­it­able.

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