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NIOB fellows call for professionalism to advance building practice

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To further advance building practice in Nigeria, the members of the College of Fellows, Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB), Lagos State Chapter have called on building professionals in the country to continue to demonstrate high level of professional conduct in their day-to-day discharge of duties, Nigerian NewsDirect had gathered.

The Chairman of the Lagos State Chapter of the institute, Mrs. Adenike Said in her remarks at the interactive meeting held by the members of the NIOB’s College of Fellows said as the highest ranking decision-making authority of the institute, it’s important for fellows to continue to promote the ideals of the building profession through continuous interactions and engagements on all matters affecting the profession.

“As members of the College of Fellows, we must continue to play our active roles by contributing ideas and suggestions that will boost professionalism and development of the practice among members, as well as mentor the young and upcoming professionals on ethics of the profession,” she said.

Also, the national Chairman, College of Fellows, NIOB, Mrs. Adebolanle Araba  said the past achievement of the institute’s College of Fellows had contributed to the practice, hence the need for members to have proper carriage of themselves as proud professionals with a sense of fulfilment and satisfaction on their job.

“Likewise, as fellows, it’s important we  train upcoming professionals on quality job delivery and also ensure they abide by the professional code of conduct for builders.

“To achieve this, members, College of Fellows are expected to hold periodic retreats to formulate strategic plans for advocating and establishing mentoring programs in education, vocational training, leadership and practice for members,” Araba added.

Similarly, the Africa’s foremost builder and the first national President of the institute, Pa. Fatai Isola Osikoya, while admonishing members at the meeting said the building profession, having recorded several milestones over the years has come of age in Nigeria and that members should continue to uphold the conducts and values which has made the institute an exemplary model among sundry professional bodies in the nation’s building and construction industry.

He commended the body for having an appreciable number of women as practicing builders saying, “we are proud to have many ladies in NIOB today to the extent of having the women section of the institute and we want that tempo to be sustained.” Osikoya noted.

In his remarks, a past President of the NIOB and former Special Adviser to the President on Budget Monitoring and Price Intelligence, Prof. Kunle Wahab also tasked building professionals to continue to embrace best global practices in performing their roles as builders.

“I believe that would enable us deliver more ground breaking works, as well as  contribute more to the built environment and the nation at large,” he said.

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