Buildings must meet standards

National

By MALUM NALU
WORKS and Implementation Minister Francis Awesa has called for the demolition of all sub-standard buildings in Port Moresby and other parts of the country.
He made the call during the swearing-in of the board of architects in Port Moresby yesterday.
Awesa said the new board should make it a priority to demolish sub-standard buildings. “Once the fees are approved, I’d like to see some demolitions coming up,” he said.
“You will be the policemen of the industry. You are here to work. We need some demolitions.
“This is not a village, this is a city that we’re trying to build. That means that we have to comply with standards.”
Awesa called on the board to work with the NCD building board, Lands board and similar boards to ensure that standards were met.
“This is the challenge for the new board to take serious note of,” he said.
“Is there anyone who is making sure that standards are followed? We have not set up any standards. If we want to move forward we have to lift up our game.”
PNG Board of Architects chairman Vaghi Gairowagga said buildings in Port Moresby came under the NCD Building Board.
Gairowagga said his board was the regulator of the architecture profession.
“We have the Institute of Architects who administer architects’ interests and the board and the board regulates the interests of the public,” he said.

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