‘Building cost control not fully optimised’

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Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS) President Mr. Obafemi Onashile has said building cost control has not been fully optimised in the country.

He therefore wants a reform. Onashile spoke on the sidelines at the Dinner/Awards nite of the Lagos Branch of the NIQS.

The president said in terms of procurement in the construction industry, a lot more needed be done.

“We are talking of civil engineering like power construction, power installation, mainly engineering works, we need to do more. Our impact is still not fully felt in these areas,” Onashile said.

He assured that in the build up to the Procurement Act, awaiting the President Muhammdadu Buhari’s accent, the institute would play a major role leading up to the procurement in the country.

This, he further explained, would be achieved by rallying round and partnering other professionals in the industry to reform the industry.

“Our industry is running in adversarial manner and it is not too good for the nation. When all the professions come together, then we can be more effective and function. For now, building cost control is not fully optimised. Quality control is becoming an issue in the country and its beyond just one profession,” Onashile said.

The NIQS chief said the better cost control in procurement at the Federal Government level is a testimony to the effectiveness of the head of the procurement bureau also a qauntity surveyor.

Similarly, the Chairman of Lagos chapter of NIQS, Mr. Bamidele Mafimidiwo, told reporters that quantity surveyors were better off with the Procurement Act, arguing that it would ensure probity.

He said when quantity surveyors are in strategic positions in the construction industry, you not only get value for your work,  you will also be able to save more on your projects as wastage are cut off.

He is happy that quantity surveyors are taking key roles in the industry and that the country will benefit more.

The awards, Mafimidiwo said, is a programme that caps the institute’s activities for the year. We have done a lot of programmes this year. This year’s dinner, he explained, is unique because of the award introduced.

In all, 17 persons, including Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, the first female president of NIQS, Mrs. Mercy Iyortyer, several private sector operators, among others, were given awards for their contributions to the industry.

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