The Nigerian Institute of Architects has urged the federal government to do more by prioritizing locally made building materials.
The first vice-president of the institute, Mobolaji Adeniyi, made this known during an interview with journalists at the Archibuilt exhibition held in Abuja on Friday.
According to her, the government’s policy on local content would be ineffective without the condescension of professionals who are making progress in sourcing local building materials.
She said: “The government needs to do more to patronize Nigerian architects and local building materials.
“If the government invests so much in the training of professionals; he should use his professionals. We look forward to competitions where major and iconic buildings will be open to Nigerian architects to showcase our expertise.
“Before that, we pleaded; we have many incursions of foreign professionals on our territory. Many of our iconic buildings in Nigeria are designed by expatriate engineers, which should not be the case.
“We don’t always need to bring in foreign architects to design buildings that have sensitive security issues; we have to make sure that it is our own professionals who design them. We now have the local content policy, which means the government should patronize its professionals.”
Meanwhile, Bingham University Vice-Chancellor Professor William Qurix commissioned architects to help address housing deficits in the country by creating appropriate designs for mass housing.
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