Members of the Southwest chapter of the National Association of
Quantity Surveying Students (NAQSS) have urged President Muhammadu
Buhari to fight graft in the construction industry.
They made the call at the end of the association’s congress at The Polytechnic, Ibadan (IBADAN POLY).
In a statement signed by their President, Eniola Ayodele, and other
officers of the association, the students hailed the Nigerian Institute
of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS) for its effort to protect the ethical
standards in industry.
The statement reads: “It is imperative that quantity surveyors are
engaged to monitor implementation of contracts from the procurement
stage to the completion stage in the ministries and agencies if the
government must fight corruption in building industry. This is why we
call on President Muhammadu Buhari to engage building professionals in
the fight against corruption in the construction industry.”
The students urged quantity surveyors to stem the rate of building
collapse in the country, lamenting that lives were being lost through
the incidents. The association said it was concerned about the state of
infrastructure and cases of abandoned projects.
The students expressed displeasure on what they called poor standard
in quantity surveying teaching in higher institutions, saying students
must be equipped with practical knowledge and research.
The statement added: “We call for review of curriculum used in
teaching quantity surveying in higher institution. Teaching must focus
on building manpower for construction industry using innovation and
modern, tools that will enhance prestige of the profession. It is
important quantity surveying students are given the opportunity to
engage and compete favourably with their counterparts worldwide. We,
therefore, demand change of syllabus and access to grants to aid
research works that will benefit students and lecturers.”