Architects decry impact of insecurity on building sector

The Nigerian Institute of Architects has called on the Federal Government to urgently redesign the security architecture of the nation to minimise insecurity.

A statement by the President, Nigerian Institute of Architects, Enyi Ben-Eboh, said the building industry was the highest employer of labour in Nigeria and insecurity was having negative impacts on the achievement of the positive aspirations embedded in the projects and key initiatives of government.

The statement said, “Housing targets for Nigerians are not met, schools and hospitals for our citizens are not built while the provision of much needed roads and other transportation infrastructure are hampered or outrightly stopped.

“Professionals in the building industry are finding it increasing difficult to freely go about their activities in a safe and conducive environment. Furthermore, government’s effort at diversifying our economy and ensuring critical building materials self-sufficiency is also under serious threat.

“Rising from the just concluded 11th meeting of the National Council of Lands, Housing & Urban Development it was also well established that insecurity has been a major clog in the wheel for the attainment of some of the targets of the numerous housing projects across our nation.

“In some communities houses and other property are razed and citizens displaced causing a disruption to lives.”

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