Masaka City has received a nine-member committee to supervise all building developments in the city. Alice Nanungi, the Masaka City council works committee chairperson, chairs the committee inaugurated on 5th march 2022. Committee members include; Masaka City town clerk, Geoffrey Bemanyisa, the physical planner, Martin Kigozi, and the environment officer Christine Nabadda among other members.
A team from National Building Review Board (NBRB) inducted the building committee members into the do’s and don’ts of the Building Control Act, 2013, their roles and that of the Physical Planning Committee before the inauguration.
“In dispensing your duties, the ultimate goal should be towards having a well-planned and decent Masaka City and from today onwards; the Public will be rushing to you for answer in case of building accidents,” said Eng. Flavia Bwire, the Executive Secretary NBRB.
The committee chairperson was given stamps, flow charts, and laws, among other tools of office to help the committee in executing its duties.
The Minister for Works and Transport Gen Edward Katumba Wamala, represented by Masaka City deputy resident city commissioner, Mr Ahmed Kateregga Musazi said Masaka is currently witnessing an infrastructural overhaul and this massive development must be guided with proper physical planning and strict adherence to building laws and regulations.
“Failure to follow these legislations will turn Masaka into a slum and a centre of building-related accidents, which we don’t want here,” he said.
Masak city has been prone to accidents, the most recent being near Nakayiba wetland where a storeyed building under construction collapsed and killed one person and injured another, will be avoided if the new building committee does its work perfectly.
The Building Committee will scrutinize and approve building plans, issue building, and occupation permits, ensure that the design and construction of buildings and utilities to which the public is to have access cater for the person with disabilities, this is a huge mandate before you, but I have no doubt in the competences and abilities of the team entrusted with the task,” he added.
Masaka City Clerk, Geoffrey Bemanyisa asked the government to expedite the approval of the city’s physical development plan to enable the proper planning for the new city.
The National Building Review Board (NBRB) is a corporate body established by the Building Control Act, 2013. The Board was inaugurated on October 2, 2018.
The NBRB which is an agency under the Ministry of Works and Transport is mandated under section 9 of the Building Control Act, 2013 to monitor building developments, ensure design and construction of buildings are accessible by persons with disabilities, oversee and inspect the operations of the Building Committees, prepare and submit reports to the minister on matter relating to the sector.
The Board also hears and determines appeals from persons dissatisfied with the decisions of a Building Committee and determines fees to be charged by urban and district building committees for approval of plans, issue of building permits and occupation permits.
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