Building Collapse: QS. Bede Urge Nigerians To Use Professional Surveyors
The chairman of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS) Abuja Chapter, QS. Bede Nnanna has attributed the cause of building collapse in Nigeria to quack professional quantity Surveyors.
Bede disclosed at a recent 2-day workshop with the theme: “Interpretation of BESMM4R, Quantification, Mechanical, Electrical, and Transportation Service in Building in Abuja.
He explained that the course of building collapsing in Nigeria is not far-reaching because people refuse to use qualified professionals in their building projects.
Addressing journalists at the event, Bede noted that “If qualified surveyors are used in building construction whether private or public buildings, you are sure to have value for your money.
“The strength of any building lies in the structure, if you use quack engineers to design your building, the possibility of collapsing is very high, it is against this backdrop therefore that we advise our clients to consult the relevant professionals before starting up a building project”, he said.
The chairman pointed out that “The recent technological innovations in building construction sectors such as Green, Smart, and Intelligent Buildings and studies have shown that about 80% of the cost of these buildings come from Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) Installations.
“Being one of the major reason this workshop will deliver direct benefit and value to our members, individuals, and organizations handling projects of all sizes and complexities. It will also equipped participants to take part in the Quantification/ Cost Management”.
In his opening remark, the president of the NIQS, QS. Abba Tor, said it is the primary duty of the surveyors to provide cost benchmark for all building and engineering projects as well as monitoring construction costs right from conceptualization to completion and closeout.
According to him, the choice of the theme was underpinned by a recent survey which showed that 57.3% of our members to upscale competencies and sharpens their skills.
He emphasized that, “Stakeholders are very much interested in the effective and efficient cost management of mechanical and engineering services because of its impact on the overall successful projects”.