By Dada Jackson
Inadequate awareness by professionals and members of the public on the importance of the National Building Code to the built environment has been ascribed as being responsible for the delay in its passage by members of the National Assembly.
The Chairman of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA), Lagos State Branch, Mr David Majekodunmi, disclosed this in an interview.
According to him, efforts by professionals and the public at large in sensitising members of NASS in seeing the need to expedite action on the passage of the Code, to say the least, had been ‘insufficient’ in galvanising the NASS members to do the needful.
His words: “Professionals and the public who will benefit immensely if the Code is passed into law, have not done enough in terms of lobbying the NASS members in looking at the prospect of passing the Code. It is quite pathetic, that less than 30 per cent or so of the practising professionals knew about the National Building Code when they were in tertiary institutions.
Majekodunmi said that the delay in the passage of the NBC has ‘seriously’ impacted negatively on the construction industry.
He was quick to add that the earlier the Code was passed into law, the better it would be for the growth of the built environment.
He regretted a situation where since the first edition of the code was signed by the then Minister of Housing, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, in 2006, and up until now (15 years after), nothing had been done to upgrade or give it legal backing.
The NIA helmsman expressed worry over this development pointing out that this has brought about an unregulated construction process.
Kaduna LG poll: Electoral officers assaulted as ‘hoodlums’ snatch 41 e-voting machines
No fewer than 11 electronic voting machines (EVMs) were vandalised by suspected hoodlums during the council polls in Giwa and Igabi LGAs of Kaduna state.
Saratu Audu-Dikko, chairman of Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KADSIECOM), said about 41 EVMs were snatched during the election on Saturday.
Audu-Dikko said electoral officers were assaulted by the hoodlums who carted away some election materials.
“Thirty EVMs were carted away at Kwarau in Igabi local government, with two destroyed, while nine others at Panhauya in Giwa local government, were equally vandalised,” she said.
“The hoodlums also carted away election materials and assaulted the driver and staff of the commission conveying the materials.”
The chairman said that some other staff of the commission, including ad-hoc staff, were also assaulted in those places.
Earlier, Nasir El-Rufai, the governor, expressed concern over the low turnout of voters during the election.
Speaking after casting his vote at the Ungwan Sarkin polling unit 001 in the Kaduna north LGA, el-Rufai attributed the low turnout to the late arrival of some of the election materials.
He, however, said there was a vast improvement in the election process compared to that of 2018.
According to El-Rufai, the electronic voting machine makes it impossible for voters to indulge in multiple voting.
He said the APC does not have to win everywhere, adding that the party has worked for the people of the State.
“You activate the voting machine with your voter’s card once you have been accredited. The whole process takes less than 15 seconds; it’s very quick and efficient and you see your ballot paper being printed,” he said.
“As I said several times, we are not going to behave like other parties or other state governments, we will allow the people of Kaduna State to elect who they want.
“We don’t believe in cheating or rigging elections but also we don’t want other parties to cheat us and that was why encouraged the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission to come up with a fool-proof voting process.”
‘Our roads now death traps’ — AAC speaks on killing of Sowore’s brother
The African Action Congress (AAC) has condoled with Omoyele Sowore, national chairman of the party, over the death of his brother.
Olajide, the younger brother of Sowore, convener of the #RevolutionNow movement, was murdered on Saturday along the Benin-Lagos highway.
The deceased was a student of Igbinedion University, Okada.
In a statement issued by Femi Adeyeye, AAC national publicity secretary, the party blamed President Muhammadu Buhari for the spate of insecurity in the country, adding that no one is safe whether inside or outside of their home.
Shall we remind ourselves that many a Nigerian has been slain by the incompetence of the Buhari regime failure to secure lives and property and that no one is safe either at home, land, air or on sea including on our roads that are now clear death traps,” the statement reads.
“It is so sad that the insecurity ravaging our land is no more a matter of “if”, it is now an issue of “when”- when will it get to us?
“Although we are mourning with our teeth-gnashing and our eyes filled with tears, yet we can see clearly and it is to this end we call on the police and other security agents to investigate the circumstances surrounding this killing and fish out the killers of this young promising Nigerian whose life of service to the country has just been cut short.”
The party also called on Nigerians to put aside tribal and religious differences and unite to remove the present government from power.
“The AAC calls on Nigerians to bond as a matter of expediency, and organize with actions to kick out this regime that has failed woefully on its three major promises- providing security for all Nigerians, reviving the economy and fighting corruption,” the party said.
“The reality before us today is that if we do not bond, leaving behind our tribal and religious differences to end this terrorist regime, it will end us separately. This is not a bad prayer or wish at all.”
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