By Taoreed Abdullahi
The Lagos State Government has taken a step further towards domesticating the National Building Code by instituting sub-committees for the purpose.
The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, speaking at a meeting with sub- committee members midweek in Alausa, stated that the sub-committees would be populated by representatives of relevant agencies and
the seven professional bodies working in the built environment .
The sub-committees are grouped into four that is, Predesign, Design, Construction and Post-construction.
Salako urged the professionals to work assiduously through the various sub-committees by giving adequate technical inputs to ensure that the final outcome of the process was in tune with realities.
“In this connection, we have started an inclusive process in which all relevant professionals in the built environment are able to work with us to develop and own a Lagos Building Code that we can rely upon for the regulation of the physical environment”, he said.
He explained that part of the responsibilities before sub-committee members was to pay particular attention to standards of material, energy efficiency and environment friendly measures in the sector in line with the peculiarities of Lagos State, while also considering challenges militating against sustainable environment in the State.
He added that evolving an acceptable building code for Lagos State had enormous advantages to the environment, the State and the people, particularly in the areas of health and safety, security and environment as well as combating building collapse.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Engr. Abiola Kosegbe called for the cooperation of members to their respective sub-committees, urging that they give their best to evolve a reliable Lagos State Building Code.
“I am certain that beginning from here, you will all work towards advocating this important initiative and thereby create the needed environment for the idea to thrive in your respective spheres of influence”, she said.
The sub-committee meeting continues through the week to the following week, under the egies of the Nigerian Energy Support Programme, the technical partners of the State Government on the domestication of the National Building Code.