The Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) has expressed the need for builders to sharpen their skills in the core area of building production management. The body has also called for the quick passage of the bill for the enforcement of the Nigerian National Building Code.

The NIOB, arising from its 2017 Mandatory Continuous Professional Development (MCPD) programme held across four locations of Lagos, Abuja, Katsina and Uyo, made the call in a communiqué it issued at the end of the workshop. The communique was signed by the Chairman, Professional Development and Practice Committee of NIOB, Mr. Kunle Awobodu.

The workshop, themed: “Site Management Practices for Builders,” also had as sub themes: “Concept of Site Management;” “Construction Methodology;” and “Construction Programming using Primavera 6.”

The NIOB, noted in the communique that government should take steps against environmentally unacceptable characters manifesting in the form of social miscreants, land grabbers, the popular“omo onile” menace as these were already affecting the delivery time of projects.

The NIOB commended the Lagos state government for its proactiveness in this aspect, urging other states to emulate the gesture.

it was recommended that construction site layouts should be well defined and designed at the commencement of a building construction project by a registered builder and proper construction layouts should be prepared to avoid fatalities, accidents, waste and double-handling at sites. The NIOB also urged the public to take advantage of temporary site layout planning for building construction works as rendered by builders.

The communique read in part: “Nigerian public and private clients are enjoined and required to embrace the use of Construction Methodology Document duly prepared by registered builders for their building construction works. Registered builders are equally enjoined to prepare this critical document on all their building projects for all public and private entities.”

Furthermore, stakeholders at the workshop submitted that “while the construction methodology is a precursor to the preparation of the construction programme, a construction programme has implication on time, cost, resource deployment, safety and even the legal status of a project. Some collapsed buildings are attributable to unrealistic and unprofessionally projected time frames. Consequently, the Workshop enjoins all public and private sectors procuring and executing entities to request for and use Construction Programme duly prepared by registered builders for time and other resource management.”

The communique submitted that poor project record keeping affects future projections of projects. Additionally, poor house-keeping (project site cleaning) can lead to avoidable hazards on project sites. Consequently, there should be proper record keeping of different activities during and after the life span of a project. Proper house- keeping should be planned and costed into the project as routine practices and should start as soon as the building project starts. Builders should enhance these best practices on their projects while clients should play their roles accordingly.

Participants at the workshop were taken through first principles, real life case studies and simulations.

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