Govt, quantity surveyors to tackle wastes in construction industry

As experts in the determination of the cost of structure and components of construction projects, you are expected to equip yourselves with the capacity to identify risks in the built environment and how to manage it
CONSIDERED as one of the problems facing the nation’s construction industry, the Federal Government and the Nigerian quantity surveyors have resolved to work together towards reduction of wastes and minimizing risks within the built environment.

CONSIDERED as one of the problems facing the nation’s construction industry, the Federal Government and the Nigerian quantity surveyors have resolved to work together towards reduction of wastes and minimizing risks within the built environment.

The government, through the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Raji Fashola, spoke last week in Abuja, during the induction ceremony for newly registered quantity surveyors and practising firms and the 4th annual professional clinic on “Risk Management for Registered Quantity Surveyors .

With the induction of 317 newly registered quantity surveyors and 34 practising firms of quantity surveyors, the total number of registered quantity surveyors and practising firms in the register of the Board have risen to 2777 and 236 respectively.

Fashola, who said that the present administration was poised to reduce wastes within the industry, urged members of the Quantity Surveyors Registration Board of Nigeria (QSRBN) to bring their expertise to bear on the costing of projects in order to achieve value for money.

The minister said both of them would ensure that this vision is achieved in all projects whether in the public or private sectors of the national economy.

According to the minister, surveyors are key players in the built environment, which is a strategic sector of our economy.

He noted that as experts in the determination of the cost of structure and components of construction projects, they are expected to equip themselves with the capacity to identify risks in the built environment and how they can manage it effectively.

Fashola observed that quantity surveyors should aspire to lead the way in determining, in advance, potential risks in the construction sector as well as analyzing and mitigating them, stressing that the present administration would be counting on the support of Nigerian registered quantity surveyors and other professionals in the construction industry in its quest to deliver good governance to our people.

He said, “Key components of good governance which this government is determined to pursue are transparency, accountability, due process as well as the attainment of value for money on all services rendered to the people. Incidentally, we know that the job of quantity surveyors has to do with the promotion of these same elements in the provision of infrastructure”.

Represented by a   Director in the ministry (Housing) Dickson Onojah, the minister commended the QSRBN for the good work it had done in the pursuit of its mandate, not only in its regular registration and induction of eligible quantity surveyors, but also in the area of professional development as well as accreditation of quantity surveying programmes in the universities and polytechnics.

He assured the Board of the ministry’s continued support and other professional regulatory bodies under his supervision and urged the inductees to see their induction as opportunity to make meaningful contribution to national development, charging them to uphold professional ethics and competence as their watchword.

In his welcome address, the President of QSRBN, Mallam Husaini Dikko, stated that for so long quantity surveyors have been marginalised, incapacitated and sidelined by successive Nigerian governments thus allowing corruption and looting spree to fester in the industry without any expert to check the malaise.

He argued that whereas a large chunk of the nation’s annual capital budget was spent on roads, highways and bridges, successive governments have not allowed quantity surveyors to get involved in these projects despite their role in such projects. “This surely is curious and should arose the suspicion of every patriotic Nigerian”.

Dikko said the only way to fight corruption in such projects, is for government to engage quantity surveyors the same way contractors employ quantity surveyors in their organizations. He also asked that the government to establish an independent department of quantity surveying and cost services in the Federal Ministry of Power, Works Housing to provide quantity surveying and cost services in the industry.

“This is the cost effective way to fight corruption in the building and engineering industry to save Nigeria the notoriety of having the most costly construction projects in the world despite our cheap labour cost. This will inevitably save money for government to spend on other development projects”, he added.

He urged registered quantity surveyors to queue behind President Muhammed Buhari in his anti corruption crusade.

On the theme of the event, Dikko noted that risk management was key to the effectiveness of quantity surveying practice adding that, as risks are necessary occurrences in life, a registered quantity surveyor must anticipate and simulate various risk scenarios when offering their professionals services to clients.
He said, “As we engage in increasingly complex and technologically sophisticated projects, the imperatives of risk management become more compelling for a registered quantity surveyor. There are various types of risks that a registered quantity surveyor must anticipate and confront in the course of his professional practice. They include but not limited to: design risks, finance risks, commercial risks, technological risks, environmental risks, political risks economic risks, adding that, the risk of choosing a wrong contractor or the contractor and/or employer go in bankrupt is a challenge”.

Dikko stressed the need for registered quantity surveyors to uphold the virtue of professional ethics in all they do, warning that the Board will not tolerate any unethical behaviour or professional misconduct by a registered member.

The QSRBN president stressed that while it is necessary to increase the number of registered quantity surveyors in Nigeria, it is even more important to strike a credible balance between this and the need to uphold quality, raise standards, improve professional competence and nest global best practices at all times.

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