Quantity surveyors move to upgrade operational technological know how
The Lagos Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS) has reiterated its commitment to continually upgrade skills of members to enhance service delivery to the society.
Officials of Lagos NIQS at the workshop Mr Ayuba Akere, Chairman of Lagos NIQS, gave the assertion at a workshop organised by the institute on Thursday, April 25, 2019 in Lagos.
The workshop was themed: “Cost Management and Contract Administration of Road Projects”.
Akere said there was need for operators in the profession to keep abreast with new technologies evolving in the profession to remain relevant in the country.
He said the world was evolving and new technologies was being invented on daily basis, saying that the profession must not be left out.
According to him, dearth of skilled workforce in the housing and construction industry hinders infrastructural development in Nigeria.
Akere said the gap in Nigeria’s construction industry could be attributed to the dwindling stock of competent skilled construction workers and the influx of unskilled.
He said inefficient and dissatisfied workers who see the building sector as a last resort was also a major factor.
“Training/upgrading the skills and capacities of operators in quantity surveying profession is one of the major cardinal points for setting up the Institute. “The motive of the workshop is to keep members abreast with the latest methodologies in road construction contract management.
“This is necessary so that when the Federal Government will roll-out its proposed road and construction projects, the quantity surveyors can gainfully be involved,” Akere said.
Also speaking, Mr Olarinre Williams, Managing Director, Pinconsult Associates, said that quantity surveyors, as key players in road contract management, need to have deep knowledge of designs and materials involved.
Williams said that the workshop was an intensive training programme focused on road engineering forms of contract used in the construction industry.
He stressed the need for human capacity development, particularly in the housing and construction industry.
“Asides evaluating the cost of construction projects, quantity surveyors should have deep knowledge of the engineering designs and materials used in construction contracts.
“If Nigeria will have the fund for infrastructure development, the skilled human capacity for execution of the projects will be lacking.
“Many foreign construction companies are operating freely in Nigeria, but no Nigerian construction firm can leave this country to another country and effectively operate.
“This is because they lack the skills/competency and government support that other countries give to their indigenous companies,” he said. According to him, there is need for more collaboration among players in the industry for efficient delivery and infrastructure development. He, therefore, called for government concerted efforts towards creation of the enabling environment that could facilitate the collaboration to boost national economic and infrastructure development.
2019 - 2021 NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL ELECTION NOMINATION FORM
Subsequent to Article 6.2.1 – 6.2.5 of Constitution of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, 2015 (as amended) the under-listed National Executive officers of the National Executive Council shall be elected at the 2019 Biennial General Meeting scheduled for 23rd November, 2019 at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos:
Assistant Secretary General
Secretary, Professional Development and Library
Secretary, Marketing and Corporate Affairs
Secretary, International Affairs
All interested members are required to kindly download, print and appropriately complete the Nomination Form into any office of their choice.
We sincerely look forward to your active participation in the 2019 Biennial Elections.
RE-ENGINEERING OF CONSOL ASSOCIATES
CONSOL ASSOCIATES has been in operation for over twenty-six years, providing consultancy services starting with two main offices in Kaduna and Lagos (Surulere). It was hitherto focused mainly on Quantity Surveying duties, and was grossing a fee Income of N25 – N50m/annual as at year 2007. Within the last few years, Consol have been involved in a couple of successful mergers with some Q.S firms (such as Aderonke Oyelami Associates and Group „Q‟ Associates) in order to boost the Management Structure and to adequately address our diversification strategy. We believe this is a pointer to a more efficient and successful consultancy practice management and we look forward to consolidating further on this strategy in the face of an imminent reform and re-structuring coming to our Industry soon.
In 2011, Consol relocated from Surulere to her new office building in Lekki, Lagos, for modernization and expansion to enhance a befitting business atmosphere for her recharged and better focused staff operations. As part of the growth, new job openings were created for well qualified graduates arising from our diversification into new services delivery, such as Cost Management of M&E Engineering Installations, Project Monitoring & Funds Management, Project and Program Management etc.
We are equally pleased to announce our business alliance with Gleeds International U.K., the fifth largest Quantity Surveying firm in the world and with whom we have had the experience of coming together to jointly execute a couple of mutually beneficial opportunities here in Nigeria and also Consol’s incursion into Ghana in 2015.
The firm currently has 25 Technical Staff apart from trainees, and about 12No. Administrative Staff operating comfortably from four fully established office locations in Nigeria; two offices in Lagos i.e. Lagos Island and Lekki Phase 1, whilst the third and fourth offices is in Kaduna and Abuja respectively.
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Safety Precautions and Procedure Training
An extensive 2days training was carried out for Consol staff from the 18th – 19th of April 2015, this training was supervised by experts in the oil and gas industry who further reiterated and stressed the importance of safety precautions and behaviors. The training has further equipped all staff members with advance safety procedures required not only in the construction industry but also in oil and gas sector.