FOLLOWING the current wind of change in all sectors of the economy, the Association of Tilers, Nigeria, ATN, moves to collaborate with stakeholders in the building industry.
President, ATN, Comr. Hassan Olanrewaju, made this known as he expressed his views about the building industry in view of the current change mantra, which he stated that it was high time, various stakeholders in the sub-sector to synergise and ensure professionalism in their activities.
Olanrewaju decried the ill-treatment meted out to Nigerian professionals in the sub-sector by construction companies and individuals who prefer to employ foreigners to their Nigerian counterparts.
He said: “It has become imperative for us in the Association of Tilers, Nigeria (ATN), to move and make valuable and long lasting collaborations in the building industry because of the current change mantra and we in the industry cannot be left behind.
“The building industry is very cardinal in the change mantra because we as professionals and stakeholders are strategic to achieve this change in developing infrastructures in other sectors of the economy Nigerians have been yearning for.
“The Association of Tilers, Nigeria (ATN), have been a noble and professional organisation registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), under the Company and Allied Matters Act 1990.
“As a professional body we believe in collaboration for achievement of maximal results, and that is imperative for the building industry, which is very strategic in this era of change championed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“It is also important to note that no professional body in the industry can succeed optimally without productive collaborations with other counterpart professional bodies such as ours.
“We are currently making moves to collaborate with the public and private sector professional bodies in the building industry.
“We are on the move to have these collaborations with the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA), Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), including the Ministry of Labour and Employment, and with other relevant bodies in the industry.”
Olanrewaju also stressed the need for professional bodies to seriously enforce laws that will safeguard the lives of Nigerians by providing quality service to them and avoid unnecessary building collapse and promote maintenance culture.
“We are seeking these collaborations to sanitise the industry and weed out unqualified persons who have taken the back door to tarnish the image of professionals.
“Therefore, we call on security agencies to collaborate with us in ATN to arrest unqualified persons who parade themselves as tilers and deliver sub-standard jobs with fake materials to take advantage over unsuspecting members of the public.
“As a professional body, ATN, also want the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment to acknowledge our recommendation of a tiler before awarding him or her Trade Test Certificate.
“We also solicit your support by monitoring and enforcing trade test policy on qualification and come up with other relevant legislations that will enhance professionalism in the industry for positive service delivery”, he stated.