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ARCON Decries Shortage Of Architects In Nigeria

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The Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON) has decried shortage of professional architects in Nigeria, adding that the challenge has contributed to frequent cases of collapse buildings in the country.

The president of ARCON, Arc Umaru Aliyu, who disclosed this in Abuja, during an induction ceremony of about 230 newly registered architects, added that Nigeria needs about eight million professional architects, to reduce the cases of building collapse.

Aliyu revealed that by the new registration and induction, the country now has about 5,000 registered architects, which he noted, is not good enough for the country’s population.

He noted that the shortage has led to an increase in the number of quacks, who infiltrate the building profession, adding that the number quacks in the profession outnumbers the registered professionals.

The ARCON president however, stated that the council has introduced the ARCON Projects Registration Number (APRN) system, which provides the opportunity of raising the quality of building approvals and the control of quackery in the building profession.

Also speaking, the registrar of ARCON, Arc Umar Saulawa Murnai, expressed happiness that with the recent approval by the National Universities Commission (NUC) for the upgrading of departments of architecture to full faculties, more architects would be trained in the country.

Murnai noted that with more architects being admitted and trained in Nigerian universities, there would be a reduction on the number of quacks, as well as reduction in the cases of collapse buildings.

He stressed that the APRN system was aimed at ensuring that all architectural projects and drawings are designed by fully registered architects, who document and classify architectural projects and drawings accordingly, before submission to town planning officers for approvals.

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