NIQS decries neglect of surveyors in construction industry

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The Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS) on Thursday decried neglect of the services of surveyors in the construction industry by contractors and developers in the country.

The Institute’s President, Mr. Abba Tor, made this known in Minna, Niger, while unveiling the institute’s new brand identity at its two-day 2020 Annual General Meeting.

“Overlooking the input of the quantity surveyors has negative impact ranging from costs inflation to procurement of sub-standard materials as well as misalignment between assumed project material needs and the actual requirements,” Tor said.

It was reported that the theme for this year’s meeting is “Cost Management of Mechanical and Electrical Services in High Rise Buildings”.

Tor said that failure of some contractors, builders and other stakeholders to engage the services of quantity surveyors had led to the collapse of some buildings and other construction works in the country.

He said that it was the duty of the quantity surveyors to provide cost bench marks for all buildings and civil engineering projects as well as monitor construction costs right from conceptualisation to completion and close out.

The NIQS president said the new brand identity of the institute was to build the capacity of members to meet global standards in the areas of mechanical and electrical engineering services.

“Our institute is on the path of re-branding to meet the current needs of the clients and new generation of external stakeholders by developing unique skills of members for new market opportunities,” he said.

Tor said that the theme of the workshop was informed by a recent survey that showed 57.3 per cent of members requiring training on mechanical and electrical cost management.

According to him, the procurement process of mechanical and electrical services is increasingly becoming complex and involves a large number of temporary multi-organisations in planning, design, costing, installations and maintenance.

Prof. Abdullahi Bala, the Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Minna, said that the institution had a Department of Quantity Survey and pledged support for the workshop