FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello

Jaiyeola Andrews in Abuja

As part of measures to improve on the quality of buildings and make houses more accessible to the residents of the Federal Capital Territory, the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello on Thursday called for multi disciplinary meeting of all professionals involved in the building industry.

The minister made the call while receiving a delegation from the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON) led by its President, Arc. Umaru Aliyu who paid him a courtesy visit in his
Abuja office.

According to Bello, the call had become necessary to enable professionals in the industry to brainstorm and ensure that sanity was brought to the sub-sector, thereby providing more housing delivery
to the populace.

The minister stressed that industry was a robust sub sector that has the capacity to provide ready employment to the teeming populace in the FCT, because of the diverse professionals and unskilled labourers involved from the conception to the completion stage.

He expressed delight in meeting professional bodies like ARCON that had contributed immensely to the development of the FCT.

He said recently had similar meeting with the Town Planners Association Nigeria.

According to him, architects, engineers, town planners, surveyors and builders should all come together to find a better way to fast track the entire process from the drawings, building plan approvals, setting out and the entire building construction process in FCT.

The minister decried a situation where houses are built in estates without giving enough space for greening, planting of trees and at least a garden at the backyard as well as space for children play area.

Bello assured that his administration on its part would make the process transparent and friendly to all players in the industry.

Earlier, the President of the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria, Arc. Umaru Aliyu congratulated the minister on his appointment.

Aliyu said ARCON was assiduously working to eliminate quacks, which he noted had contributed in no small measure to the cases of collapsed buildings across the country.

He however stated that no registered architect had been involved in any case of collapsed building.

The FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye, the Executive Secretary of FCDA, Engr. Adamu Ismaila and some senior officials of the FCT Administration joined the minister to receive the architects.