The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, has charged the governing board of Quantity Surveyors Registration Board of Nigeria (QSRBN) to educate the public on the importance of cost and quality in the delivery of infrastructure. He stated this at the inauguration ceremony of the newly constituted board of Quantity Surveyors in Abuja.
The minister said it is imperative for the board to embark on the process of enlightening the public using more of simple and regular words devoid of professional terminologies which might not be understood by a layman.
Fashola noted that the elites, which include professionals in the built environment have significant role to play in terms of the aggregate quality of life in the society. He added that the assumption of the cost of project delivery are sometimes faulty but with Quantity Surveyors, who are the custodian of information on effective costing of projects delivery, can lead the debate by informing the society on the process and importance.
The minister also urged the board to develop and intensify relationship with institutions of higher learning, where Quantity Survey is offered as a course and ensure that the next generations of Quantity Surveyors are professionally trained in order to be gainfully employed and self reliant.
In his remarks, the president of the board of Quantity Surveyors Registration Board of Nigeria, Murtala M. Aliyu said that the immediate past board under the leadership of his predecessor, Hussaini Dikko had done very well to upscale the relevance, growth and development of the profession even as he assured that this present board would surpass their achievements.
Aliyu stated that to deal with the enormity of challenge facing the country, Quantity Surveyors should be part of the pre-budget input preparation in order to have a prudent and efficient budgeting. He added that this would bring about correct cost effective template in Nigeria.
He assured the minister that the newly inaugurated board will do its best in ensuring that ethical code and laid down rules and regulation in the profession are upheld with dignity and in accordance to global best practices.