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NIQS seeks collaboration among built environment professionals

By Bertram Nwannekanma
05 December 2022   |   3:23 am
To ensure sustainability in the nation’s built environment, the Lagos chapter of Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS), has called for synergy among professionals in the sector.

To ensure sustainability in the nation’s built environment, the Lagos chapter of Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS), has called for synergy among professionals in the sector.

Chairman of the chapter, Ayo Alao, disclosed this in a media chat to herald the chapter week in Lagos.

He stressed that the socio-economic and environmental challenges are not any different from one profession to another.

According to him, the modern quantity surveyor needs to constantly improve their ability to maintain or support a process continuously over time, given the current economic challenges we face in a fast-changing world.

Alao said the chapter has chosen theme for 2022 annual QS week, as “Striving for Sustainability in the face of Economic Challenges and a Fast-Changing World: the QS Perspective,” to bring it to the fore,

He said: “We are constantly faced with challenges of fulfilling the needs of sustainability across all sphere of life, all human endeavours and people, as well as professions without having to compromise the needs of the future, while ensuring a balance between economic growth, social well-being and improving our human capital.

“A business or a profession is compelled to constantly re-invent itself to strive towards enhancing its ability to be maintained at a certain pedestal and ensure to earn adequately to stay viable financially and be up to its responsibilities of contributing to economic growth and social progress.

“ Quantity surveyors just as other professionals are not immune to the need to remain viable and continually adopt approaches that create long-term value.”

Also, the incoming chairman of the chapter, Olanrewaju Farotimi, lamented the negative impact of quacks in the industry as well as the exclusion of quantity surveyors in budget processes in the country.

He promised to reach out to Lagos State House of Assembly to incorporate quantity surveyors in costing of projects.