The Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS) denounced the non-involvement of professionals in the construction sector.
The president of the institute’s Lagos State chapter, Ayodele Alao, expressed this concern at a press conference to announce his annual dinner dance and awards night, titled: “Improving Performance the construction sector of the Nigerian economy by involving the right professionals ”.
He deplored the non-involvement of professionals in the quality control and supervision of real estate developments, according to global standards.
He said: “A recent example is the lack of professional involvement in the development of a 21-story building that collapsed on November 1, 2021 in Ikoyi in Lagos.
“The NIQS presented our position to the investigative group set up by the Lagos State government. In a submitted memorandum, we offered our recommendations on ways the government can mitigate the relentless collapse of buildings in Lagos and across the country.
“Some of the recommendations included that the government should employ more qualified and registered professionals to strengthen and professionalize its agencies such as the Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPA) and the Building Control Agency (LABSCA) of the State.
“We also recommended that existing laws be revised to allow regulatory agencies and the state government to work with qualified and registered private professionals as well as bodies to strictly monitor and enforce approvals as well as building permits granted for any development. . “
Alao also called for the patronage of professionals due to the importance of the construction sector to the national economy, as the construction sector is a key indicator of the political and social economic space of any nation.
He stressed that the forum would address the challenges of the construction sector and reward deserving companies for their contributions to the sector.