Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, has said prosecution of professionals in the building sector will ensure that standards are strictly adhered to. The minister said this when he appeared on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) flagship programme, NAN Forum.
“How many professionals have been jailed for collapsed building?
“Once you jail a professional in the same way you sanction a medical officer for negligence of conduct with regard to his patients or a legal practitioner with regard to his clients
“Then you have sent the clearest message that those who build houses for people owe a duty of care to ensure that they build according to approved design and specifications.
“And that the approved design standard is also followed to the letter, you don’t short-change your materials,” he said.
The minister stated that there must be consequences when people violated the National Housing Code, adding that it was not the responsibility of the ministry rather a law enforcement that could assist us.
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