The Federal Government has tasked Quantity Surveyors (QS) to tackle the challenge of high cost of construction of infrastructural projects in the country.
The Director in charge of Buildings, Federal Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Olusegun Bolarinwa, made the disclosure on behalf of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. George Ossi, at the 2015 Annual Conference of the Quantity Surveyors Registration Board of Nigeria (QSRBN), in Abuja.
Ossi said: "The ministry and government at large will be counting on your widely acclaimed expertise in cost management of construction projects and infrastructure to put the country back on the right track to sustainable growth and development."
The Permanent Secretary, challenged the QS practitioners to leverage on their professional expertise to promote resource optimization and value maximization in construction project implementation.
He said the conference theme: Strategic options for the Nigerian Quantity Surveyor provides an opportunity for the body not only to keep its members abreast with the rapidly expanding knowledge frontiers in the profession, but also for them to examine the strategic options available to serve the country in the most optimal fashion in decades ahead.
In a remark, the President, QSRBN, Mr. Hussaini Dikko, said, the conference will strive towards promoting probity, accountability, efficient resource management, due process and corporate governance as part of its contribution towards the fight against corruption in the society.
He said studies have shown that cost of construction of projects in Nigeria is highest in Africa, blaming it on corruption and lack of adherence to due process policies by agencies of government.
He admitted that the country is currently being ravaged by corruption, adding that the society will appreciate the quantity surveying practice if it can provide the expertise that will win the war against corruption.
Dikko said: "Integrity must be our watchword as quantity surveyors. We must not only preach it, we must live it.
"We must use the profession as a standard of what is right and honourable."
The QSRBN boss, urged the QS members, to engage in continuous learning and knowledge upgrade to be able to appropriate the opportunities that the next two decades will throw up in the profession and the challenges that will come with it.