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Builders induct new fellows, harp on professionalism


NIOB president, Mr. Kunle Awobodu

The Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) has challenged new fellows to live up to high expectations of the society. NIOB president, Mr. Kunle Awobodu and the Chairman of its College of Fellows, Mrs. Adebolanle Araba gave the charge at the first ever virtual induction of members into the fellowship cadre of the institute.

The builders stated that safeguarding society’s interest in construction, maintenance and preservation of building stock remains a logical expectation of Nigerians.
Awobodu said the society stands to gain optimally from their services since building production management is a distinct service rendered by professional builders. 

He observed that for too long the society has been misinformed and uninformed about the professional services rendered by its members but advised the new intakes to help in setting the right perception.
NIOB president charged the inductees to bring their wealth of experience to bear in policy formulation and mentoring of younger professionals as well as ensure teamwork. “Each participant must play their part with all sense of responsibility, work hard and protect lives and property in the society. Only registered builders are charged by Nigerian law with building construction, maintenance, and deconstruction,” Awobodu said. 

Araba, reminded the inductees that they were   joining the cadre of the finest minds and most experienced hands in the building profession warning that their admission into the College of Fellows, should not be seen from a cosmetic and superficial perspective but one, with onerous responsibility.

She further said that the NIOB College of Fellows is the conscience of the profession and its members have to provide leadership for a brighter future and for the good of the inductees and the society at large.  Araba enjoined the inductees to leave a worthy legacy for future generations.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Council of Registered  Builders  of Nigeria (CORBON), Prof. Kabir Bala  said the NIOB constitution stipulates that a corporate member aspiring to its Fellows’ cadre must have been licensed as a registered builder by CORBON, hence, a fellow of the profession should be a quintessential professional in building technology and management practice.
The induction attracted past National Vice President of the Australian Institute of Building (AIB), Graham Teede, immediate past president of NIOB, Kenneth Nduka, past Registrar of CORBON, Aliyu Ova, the Vice-Chancellor of Plateau State University, Bokkos; Prof. Sani Kunya, a federal commissioner in the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Commission, Bimbo Kolade, and Prof. Martins Dada of the Department of Building, University of Lagos.

Others participants are the traditional ruler, the Alayandelu of Odo-Ayandelu Kingdom, Lagos state, Oba  Ganiyu Asunmo Aderibigbe, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Prof. Deji Ogunsemi, Prof. Godwin Idoro of the Department of Building, University of Lagos,  Prof. Shehu Bustani of Bayero University Kano; Prof. Kelvin Okolie of Nnamdi Azikwe University,  Awka, and Mr. Odumbaku Wilson of the Abuja Chapter of the NIOB and others.


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