NiMet DG CALLS FOR ENGINEERING CERTIFICATION BEFORE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT

NiMet DG CALLS FOR ENGINEERING CERTIFICATION BEFORE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT

Director General/CEO NiMet, Prof. Sani Abubakar Mashi, presenting a paper at the Annual General Meeting/ Lecture of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Giri Branch recently
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A call for the inclusion of a strict certification document from engineers into town planning before building development is embarked upon has been made by the Director General/CEO of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Professor Sani Abubakar Mashi.

Professor Mashi made this call recently at the Annual General Meeting/Lecture of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Giri branch, Abuja, where he delivered a lecture with the theme: Meteorology, Flooding and Challenges before Nigerian Engineers.

He cited recent flooding incidents witnessed across Nigeria especially in Lekki Peninsula, Lagos and the attendant building collapses in the country as illustration for this need.
The DG decried the total reliance on town planners without emphasizing engineering clearance before building takes place, adding that engineers would, as professionals, take care of almost all flooding eventuality indices during planning.

Prof Mashi posited that including engineers in the grant of approvals for building development projects would reduce the impact and likely vulnerability of the projects to weather related events like flooding.

“When physical or structural development is about to occur, more emphases are put on planning and not the engineering aspect of it. Before building we need to consider the level of water at the location so as to cater for excess water that would flow over the area,” he said.

He therefore, called for more pragmatic approaches to be taken to avoid scenarios like the Lekki flooding incidences and such others across Nigeria.

The President of the NSE, represented by his deputy, Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu, explained in his response that the Society is already collaborating with artisans to ensure that global best practices are entrenched before buildings are erected.

Engr. Mokuolu said the synergy with artisans will drastically reduce the number of quacks in the engineering and building professions.