Members of NIQS have cited information mismanagement flawed law enforcement and poor standards as some of the issues that have plagued the Nigerian society hindering economic growth.
In a communique issued after its Biennial Conference held in Lagos Oriental Hotel, last week, on the theme: “Politics, Policies and National Development – The Role of Professionals”, NIQS observed that contracts are treated as sacred in most countries but the reverse is the case in Nigeria.
According to the surveyors, international construction measurement standards are needed in Nigeria to grow the economy and enhance the activities of the industry.
The document signed by Secretary, Professional Development, Dr. Ejike Anunike, and Secretary, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Mr. Olujide Oke, noted that the nation’s acceptance of irregularities have hindered economic and infrastructural growth.
According to them, “good governance is consensus oriented, accountable, participatory, transparent, responsive, equitable and inclusive, it follows the rule of law; it should be effective and efficient.”
NIQS urged professional bodies to establish functional research arms in form of think tanks and the outcome of the research made public; and professionals’ aspiration should be driven by the realization that as human beings, societal imperatives should be considered before those of professional interest.
They stated that poor enforcement of laws in Nigeria has caused the entire populace to be shortchanged, and to ensure accountability, a central body of professionals should be set up that will monitor and make those in government accountable.
The institute also appealed to Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to engage the services of quantity surveyors because they have the expertise in contract documentation, procurement and administration.