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The Imo State Chapter of the National Institute of Architects (NIA) has linked the widespread collapse of buildings and the construction of subpar projects to the existence of quacks in the field, whose actions are encouraged by the incomplete and uneven implementation of the Imo State Planning Authorities Building Regulations of 1996.
NIA Chairman for Imo State, Mr. Emeka Ozoude, stated this during a courtesy visit to the General Manager of Owerri Capital Development Agency (OCDA), Franklin Nzewodo at Owerri, Imo State capital
Ozoude said, “The rampant collapse of buildings here in Imo State is the culmination of the effect of the involvement of quacks in the industry, and the failure in the application of the full weight of the provisions of the building regulations by operators in the industry.
“The NIA in Imo State is out to combat this. Hence, there is need for greater vigilance and synergy between your organisation and all the professions in the industry to stamp out this menace.”
He added that the situation hamper orderly infrastructural development and quality construction of projects in the state.
According to him, the Act, “is a comprehensive compendium that details every step, initiative etc for the built environment in Imo State.”
While congratulating the OCDA boss on his recent appointment, Ozoude pledged to support him and the state government to achieve quality standard in building and development projects.
“We wish to assure you of our cooperation and readiness to work with you, your organisation and the Imo state Government to improve the quality of our built environment and ultimately the quality/standard of living in our state,” he said.
Responding, Nzewodo thanked the Imo NIA for the visit and solicited collective support to enable him deliver to expectations in the overall interest of the people.
Nzewodo, reiterated the commitment of Governor Hope Uzodinma to use his office to address developmental challenges as well as meet the needs of Imo people, especially residents of Owerri metropolis.
Other members of Imo NIA at the visit included Chief Amaugo Ugoji, former Imo NIA chairman, Obinna Ogbokiri, Vice Chairman, Obioma Amaefule, Secretary, Remy Muoghara, Financial Secretary, Uche Eberendu, Auditor, Leo Ozuzu, Ben Ukachukwu, ex-officio among others.