The former President of the Building Collapse Prevention Guild, Mr. Kunle Awobodu, has said that despite the wave of technological developments globally in every sector, the construction industry in Nigeria has yet to take a giant step in innovative approach to project planning and execution.
Awobodu, who is also the 1st Vice President of the Nigerian Institute of Building, stated that an assessment of various construction sites across the country would show that there were no significant differences between the site production methodologies of the past and the present.
He spoke on ‘Innovations and entrepreneurial skills in the Nigerian building industry: A challenge to young builders’ at the Covenant University, Ota.
According to him, technologically-oriented people should be encouraged to concentrate on creative works, while funds being gulped by corruption should be used to sustain the highly competitive global technological race.
He said, “Technological advancement is revolutionising the building industry and it is just a matter of time before it undergoes a huge disruption. The scale and pace of change sweeping across the construction industry means that construction professionals must position themselves strategically to embrace the new world.
“In the same vein, young builders must train themselves into being innovative through creative thinking and empower themselves with requisite entrepreneurial skills to complement their technical acumen and to make them thrive successfully in the industry. In this technological race, we should refuse to be intimidated. We should remain optimistic.”
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