By Grace Alegba
The Founder/CEO of Destiny Crest Building Engineering Ltd, Mr Kehinde Hammed, has urged developers not to underpay workers at construction sites to avoid exposing them to temptation.
Hammed, a developer and Realtor, made the call on Monday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sideline of an award presentation to him by a group.
NAN reports that the 28-year-old CEO was presented the Gold role model award by the Nigeria Youth Advocacy for Good Governance Initiative (NYAGGI).
He decried poor staff welfare and attributed it to corruption which he said contributed to use of substandard materials and building collapse in the country.
“I will advise developers to encourage their staff who supervise work on site by paying them the right salary.
“If the welfare of workers on site is guaranteed, they would not compromise standards, but if you underpay, they know how to survive on site,’’ he said.
Hammed narrated his experience where his site engineers reported vendors who tried to cut corners to compromise quality, noting that his staff reported because they earned the right wages.
The CEO, who also owns Mustard Fortune Global Investment Ltd, a real estate and investment company, also advised developers to shun clients who encourage shoddy jobs in order to pay less for construction services.
Speaking on the recent hike on cement prices, the young CEO appealed to the Federal Government to “find lasting solutions to inflation and exchange rates’’.
He said that a sound economic policy was important to address challenges confronting Nigeria, which is blessed with enormous natural resources and human capital.
Hammed appealed to the Federal Government to support local manufacturing of construction materials and make policies to make Nigerians patronise the products.
Earlier, while receiving the award, Hammed commended NYAGGI for identifying and promoting talent to encourage hard work among youths.
He advised youths to stay focused on their goals to succeed.
Narrating his personal experience, Hammed said he worked briefly in a bank before taking to his private business and had two firms.
He said he was about to float another and had almost 200 staff.
The Coordinator of NYAGGI, Mr Akeem Abiodun, while presenting the award, described Hammed as an icon making the nation’s youth proud.