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ARCON urges govt partnership on urban regeneration

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The Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON) has called on government to partner with the council on regeneration of existing cities into global standards.

ARCON President, Sir Dipo Ajayi, made the call during a chat with journalists in Lagos. He stressed the need for improved support for the architectural profession in the country.

Ajayi, who noted that the support of his council members has aided his administration to weather the storms and recorded.

The president disclosed that his administration has been able to settle all issues relating to ARCON landed properties both in Abuja and Lagos.

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“We have gotten the documents recertifying Abuja ARCON office land located at Jabi. We are now renovating Lagos office, which was awarded by the Ministry of Works and Housing and the contractor will soon deliver the project.

“The present council has also contributed over N60 million towards the construction of ARCON headquarters in Abuja.

Ajayi stressed that the new ARCON offices would be fully automated such that, it will be able to respond to emerging challenges.

On Architects Projects Registration Number (APRN), the president said, apart from Federal Capital Territory, Lagos government has accepted the initiative and implementation will commence soon.

Other achievements, include accreditation of foreign universities, sustenance of the induction of fully registered architects, architectural firms, architectural technologist/technicians and sustenance of accreditation exercises of all Nigerian universities teaching architecture.

“The government should make available start-up funds for young creative architects to start their own companies, which can be accessed through the Bank of Infrastructure, formerly known as Urban Development Bank of Nigeria Plc, in collaboration with companies, construction agencies, the government and private individuals, who are interested in funding start-ups in the construction industry,” he said.

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