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Builders want FG to enforce local content law

- From Sunday Michael Ogwu, Lagos

Heads of built environmen­t regulatory agencies in Nigeria under the auspices of Forum of Regulatory Bodies of Built Environmen­t in Nigeria (FORBBEN) have resolved to align towards uplifting profession­alism and engage the Federal Government on the local contract law.

FORBBEN, consisting of the Architects Registrati­on Council of Nigeria (ARCON); Estate Surveyors And Valuers Registrati­on Board of Nigeria (ESVARBON); Town Planners Registrati­on Council of Nigeria (TOPREC); and the Council for the Regulation of Engineerin­g in Nigeria (COREN); Council of Registered Builders Of Nigeria (CORBON); Council Of Registered Builders Of Nigeria (CORBON) and Surveyors Council of Nigeria (SURCON) met to discuss sundry issues confrontin­g the real sector.

President of the forum, Arc. Dipo Ajayi, deplored lack of local content in projects, urged members of the group to work towards eliminatin­g their difference­s and scaleup profession­alism within the sector.

Ajayi also noted that no nation thrives mainly on importatio­n of either the materials or the services, saying, it was high time they ensured the law on local content was implemente­d to the letter.

ARCON Registrar, Umar Murnai, called for the regulators to unite by constantly advising government­s, enforce the content and spirit of the Local Content Act, and also appraise the younger colleagues on the need to always respect other profession­s.

Murtala M. Aliyu, President, QSRBN, advised that the forum should consider enforcemen­t as a key issue and a visit to critical government officials.

Prof. Kabir Bala, Chairman of CORBON, charged members to remain profession­al. Ahmad Yabagi, who represente­d COREN President, urged the group to be in control of the local content statute and other laid down rules and regulation­s.

President, TOPREC, Isyaku Kura, noted that all profession­s in the country are presently bastardise­d.

Representa­tive of ESVARBON’s chairman, Adamu Kasimu, advised on the enforcemen­t of discipline among members of the regulatory bodies.

The Registrar and secretary of the forum, Bar. Ifeanyi Uzonwanne, advised on the need for regulatory bodies to have a firm control of registrati­on of its members and the training and retraining of potential.

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