BY YUNUSA BUNU, DECEMBER 13, 2021 | 03:50 PM
New leadership of Nigerian Institute of Architects, Borno State chapter said it will ask the state government to halt promotion of architects working in the state civil service who are not registered with the union.
This was disclosed by Arch. Abdul Usman, the newly inaugurated chairman of the institution on Sunday, at the multipurpose hall of the State Education Resource Center in Maiduguri, capital of the state.
As a pioneer member who was who started the state chapter in 1987, Abdul stated the measures are because there a lot of architects in the state who are not registered with the institute, even though it is its mandate to regulate their works.
He explained that the institution, to that regard, will forward its request to Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, Governor of Borno, who is also a fellow of the institute.
'Fortunately, our governor is a fellow with the Nigerian College of Architects, which means he is the highest decision-making person in the state. We will make sure with his support we register architects in the state and standardize buildings and structures in the state,' the chairman said.
The chapter under his leadership, according to him will suggest to the governor to halt the promotion of architects working in the state who are not registered.
He noted that the institute will also liaise with the State Urban Planning and Development Board and Borno Geographical Information Service to screen any building or structure before building.
'We feel bad going round the state and seeing things ramshackled, people building anywhere, anyhow. We will streamline all that and advise the government.
'By the time we finish our tenure, you will see the difference in the skyline of Borno, the designs we are going to come up with especially now that the government is trying to return all IDPs (internally displaced persons) to their ancestral homes,’ he added.
He said most of its professional architects in the state have left due to the insurgency in the state.
Arch. Yarima Saleh, state commissioner for works and housing who is also the chairman of the occasion called on the newly inaugurated members to participate actively in the development of the state.
A similar call was made by the outgoing chairman, Arch. Umar Maina.
He called on the new excos to be diligent in discharging their duties.
Also at the occasion is Ali Abubakar Jatau, chairman, Borno Town Planners and former deputy governor of the state, Kaka Mallam Umar, chief executive officer of Borno State Urban Planning and Development Board, representatives of BOGIS, state ministry of higher education, science, information and technology among others.
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