NIQSNigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors
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The NIQS's president, who highlighted the core objectives of the workshop, said that such a giant step would help the government set its priorities right and revamp the economy through the construction industry.
He said NIQS as a major player in the sector, was prepared to partner with the government in that regard.
Speaking on the fundamental role of NIQS in the construction industry, Mr Olusegun Ajanlekoko, said quantity surveyors played an important role in the monitoring of projects.
[12.] Giwa S.L., Differences between initial and final contract sums of construction projects in Nigeria, Paper presented at NIQS seminar, Lagos, 1988.
In his presentation, the President of NIQS, Onashile appealed to the Federal Government to create a Directorate of Quantity Surveying and Projects Costs Management to address the issue of unclear delineation of professional functions amongst construction professions within the Government.
This charge was given recently by a former Commissioner for Works, during the military regime of General Yakubu Gowon, Chief Olufemi Okunnu, at the induction of chairman of the Lagos State branch of NIQS, Mr.
Okunnu, who was the chairman of the occasion advised that more than any other professional body in the built sector, NIQS, being an expert in the construction industry, is well placed to help the governments, both at the federal and state levels to bring down the cost of projects.
'We are soliciting the NIQS to join other professional men and women with good intentions to stand up and challenge the major political parties in the country to commit themselves to the issues of the moment', said the president of Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, adding that it is unfortunate that the nation lacks people who will honestly and sincerely join in singing the national anthem; Nigeria, he said, was bereft of genuine patriots with sound ideologies.
In his speech, the NIQS president, Obafemi Onashile, while exolling the virtue of the association's chairman, noted that NIQS, as a subset of the construction industry, which is the second most important industry next to agriculture; has been championing the call for reforms in the construction industry, reforms that will impact the economy positively and exponentially.
Chairman of NIQS, Lagos Chapter, Mr Bamidele Mafimidiwo, said that negative effect of past recession was much on the construction sector, pointing out that it was one of the factors the economy was not performing optimally
While appealing members of NIQS to speed up advocacy on the need for the locals to be involved in projects, he said 'Federal Government's policy should encourage local people to be part of project.