The Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, Abia State Chapter, has underscored the importance of consulting professionals in the construction of buildings, decrying the level of building collapse in the country.
Rising from a meeting at the weekend, the Chairman of the Institute, Town Planner Stephen Nwazue told newsmen that it has become worrisome the rate at which buildings collapse in Nigeria, stating that these incidents can be checkmated if individuals, institutions and organizations, politicians, engage the services of professionals who will maintain standards to handle their building projects.
Tpl Nwazue said apart from engaging the services of professionals, individuals can also get proposals for their building or development projects from the various town planning authorities in Abia State, adding that these authorities foresee defects in building projects by virtue of the experience acquired over the years in the development of projects.
Speaking on the attitude of some politicians who claim to be working for the government but sabotage their efforts at securing a decent town for the citizenry, Nwazue said these politicians do not approach town planning authorities to obtain developmental approval or permit, reiterating that they have failed in their duty of assisting the Government which they claim to be part of.
He noted that their attitude has also contributed to the prevailing cases of building collapse in the country, pointing out that because they refuse to follow due processes of getting building approvals, rather they use thugs to guard their building developments. These thugs restrict professionals from the Planning Authorities from carrying out their inspections rightly.
Town Planner Nwazue maintained that for Abia cities to be decent and free from constant collapse, Town Planning Authorities, Town Planners, and other Professionals in the building environment must be consulted, urging developers to seek building approval from the planning authorities.