Building Collapse: Okowa calls for legislation to check quacks

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By Festus Ahon, ASABA

DISTURBED by incessant collapse of buildings in different parts of the country, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, has called for legislation to regulate activities of workers in the construction and building industry.

Okowa who made the call while declaring the 18th National Executive Council, NEC meeting of National Union of Civil Engineering Construction, Furniture and Wood Workers, NUCECFWW in Asaba, said that investments in the construction and building industry have been undermined by substandard jobs, unethical conduct and sharp practices.

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“It is time to push for appropriate legislation that will regulate the training, licensing, hiring and compensation of workers in the construction and building industry; that is the way to fish our bad eggs, and enthrone standard and excellence in the industry because, the construction and building industry is so strategic that it cannot be left for every Tom, Dick and Harry,” he said.

Describing the theme for the meeting, ‘Infrastructure and Policy Development: Panacea for economic growth,’ as apt, stating, he said “a good economy is built on the ability of the government to improve the welfare of the people by providing basic infrastructure, public amenities and social services.

“The level of infrastructure in any society has a direct correlation with national development; it is a good indicator of its economic growth and, when the infrastructure is sophisticated in nature, it earns the country a respectable status in the comity of nations.”

In another development,Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has stressed the need for aggressive advocacy and awareness campaign to educate Nigerians on how to avoid Rhesus disease.

Speaking when Prof Angela Okolo led a consortium of Consultants for the Universal Rhesus Elimination (CARE-Task Force) paid him a courtesy call in Asaba, Okowa decried lack of adequate awareness among the people about the disease which he observed has caused untold hardship on parents.

He said; “We are very much aware of the impact of Rhesus disease on some families. But most families are ignorant about the disease and most often, they suffer a lot of pains due to its effects.

“I am glad to see that stakeholders are involved in creating awareness, screening and provision of drugs for patients, there is need to have expanded the reach, we need to step up advocacy and information especially at the primary and secondary health care levels for our people to buy into the programme.”

Expressing joy that the pilot scheme towards elimination of the disease was commencing in the state, he said that it should not be a programme that would be truncated midway but should be sustained for the desired results to be achieved.

Okowa said; “We want to assure of government’s support as we look forward to a success story in this pilot scheme,” the governor emphasised.

Earlier, Prof. Okolo decried that Rhesus disease was a major problem in Nigeria,” stating that they were in the State on advocacy visit. She added that the pilot scheme would be held in the state.

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