Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has asked the Quantity Surveyors Registration Board of Nigeria to blacklist any quantity surveyor who flouts the ethics of the profession.
According to Fashola, many practitioners find it tough to uphold their professional ethics, a development that is impacting negatively on the nation’s economy.
The minister, who spoke at the recent 2018 Annual Assembly and induction of newly registered quantity surveyors and practicing firms in Abuja, said, “Ethics is a major challenge to professionalism in Nigeria.
“Therefore, in regulating your profession, the QSRBN should strive to maintain the highest standard of professional ethics among quantity surveyors. The board must not hesitate to blacklist any quantity surveyor found wanting in this regard.”
Fashola, who was represented by the Acting Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Ibrahim Tumsah, told the surveyors’ board that another area that deserved urgent attention was the menace posed by the activities of quacks, as they were inflicting much damage on the economy.
He said, “They (quacks) are not qualified and are unregistered. They do not subscribe to any professional ethics and codes of conduct, hence their unscrupulous activities. Construction project costing and estimation is, of course, in the domain of quantity surveyors.
“It is, therefore, illegal for any person not so trained and registered by the board to offer such professional services to the government, either for remuneration or otherwise.”
The President, QSRBN, MurtalaAliyu, said the assembly was an opportunity for professional surveyors to review their journey so far, look into the challenges they face in various sectors of the economy, discuss them and come up with acceptable ways to move forward.
He stated, “As professionals in the built environment, we need to review our relationships with one another and redefine our own perceptions of ourselves and of others within the industry and beyond. We must, therefore, think together, plan together and act together.
“This is the only way we can survive and remain relevant to our societies and to humankind. To achieve this, we need the support of the government. For governments all over the world try to support their internal capabilities by providing the appropriate environment, support and patronage.”
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