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Niger urges synergy in professional practice

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Abubakar Sani Bello

Towards tackling the issues of building collapse and delivery of substandard projects, Niger State Government has urged construction industry professionals to collaborate among themselves in all their activities.

The collaboration should also be in the areas of training and workshops, which would enable the professionals to draw from individual experience to achieve the desired goal.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello made the suggestions in Minna in a message he sent to a two-day workshop organised by the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors for its members in the north central geo- political zone of the country.

Represented by the permanent secretary in the state ministry of works, Umaru Bawa, an architect, Bello noted that if professionals in the construction industry worked at cross purposes, it would not only jeopardise the objectives for which projects were planned but also lead to loss of hard earned public resources.

“ We are in a profession that we cannot do without each other, for the betterment of the construction industry we all have to work together”.The governor said in the modern era, there was need for training and retraining because knowledge acquired over the years without being renewed could be eroded.

Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Professor Musbau Akanji in an address said most universities in the country depended on funds from donor agencies which has made accountability and due process necessary for such funds to be accessed.

“ Spending money and grants from international agencies and donors will become very difficult without adherence to the procurement act.The enactment of the procurement act has brought a lot of technicalities to award of contracts”

Akanji disclosed that recently procurement officers from Abuja were in his university during which they went through all the books and gave the university a clean bill of health.

National President of the Institute, Mrs. Mercy Tokwase Iyorter in an address said the workshop was organised in the six geo political zones of the country in line with the constitution of the organisation.


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