Bldr. Professor Yohana Izam of the Plateau State University Bokkos has been officially sworn in as the 21st President of the Nigerian Institute of Builders at an elaborate investiture ceremony in Abuja the nation's capital witnessed by key industry players.
In his inaugural address, Bldr. Professor Yohana Izam decried what he described as the sorry state of housing in Nigeria which is bedeviled by a combination of inconsistent policies, demographics and poor industry practices and that the overall impact of these variables have reflected in the massive housing shortage in quality and quantity in the nation.
He proposed an engagement with all housing delivery platforms to ensure the integration of the inputs of Builder's professional inputs in some key federal government housing policies.
He said in order to find sustainable solutions to the challenges in the construction industry, Builders have contributions to make in terms of appropriate construction methodology and firm regulatory framework.
Speakers during the investiture ceremony also used the occasion to highlight challenges in the building industry in Nigeria with a view to proffering solutions that would address them in both the short term and in the long term.
Vice Chancellor of the Benue State University Professor Tor Irapu who was Chairman of the occasion expressed concern over the increasing cases of building collapse in the country saying when building collapse, the nation collapses.
Guest Speaker and former Dean, Faculty of law University of Jos Professor Dakas CJ Dakas also a former Attorney-General, Plateau State, asked the newly sworn in president to find constructive solutions to the challenge of building collapse in the country. Professor Dakas who described Builder Professor Yohana Izam as a team player expressed confidence in his ability to create an enabling environment for inter-agency collaboration in the construction industry in Nigeria.
Six prominent Nigerians including Governor of Plateau State and Chairman, Northern Governors Forum, Simon Bako Lalong, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State and Senator Danjuma Goje were conferred with the Institute's prestigious honorary fellowship for their immense contributions to the building industry in their various states through massive infrastructural development.
One hundred and twenty eight members were inducted into the Nigerian Institute of Builders which is the training arm of the building profession in Nigeria.
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