The Incoming Vice-Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Professor Kabir Bala, has called on the Quantity Surveyors Registration Board of Nigeria (QSRBN) to increase the number of registered quantity surveyors to meet the demand of the economy.
Professor Kabir Bala spoke at the 2020 Annual Assembly and Induction ceremony of 211 new quantity surveyors by the Quantity Surveyors Registration Board of Nigeria (QSRBN) which took place yesterday at the NAF Conference Centre and Suites, Abuja.
He said “we have to stand a bit and take a look at some emerging technologies, innovation, and opportunities and at the same time, rebrand our activities to enhance service delivery to our clients and the nation at large. We are focused on scaling up capacity building and this is one of such activities…
..Our regulatory body, putting this together is revalidating our effort geared toward the same direction. The collaboration between the board and the institute is very fundamental in promoting the interest of members in the country and abroad,”
Delivering a paper titled “Professionalism: Facilitating the Public Dialogue,” A Surgeon and Healthcare Consultant, Dr. Amir A. Hamid, charged the newly inducted 211 quantity surveyors to explore dialogue, technology and innovation to enhance their professionalism and quality service delivery.
Dr. Amir urged the inductees to embrace technology and innovations to uphold their professional ethics. He also tasked the professionals on the need to employ dialogue among themselves and other lay people to enhance their professionalism
“We need dialogue with professionals and lay people to establish trust and create mutual understanding and benefit. The dialogue needs to include trainees, trainers, regulators and the public. We have conflict in every profession but the best way to handle such conflicts is through proper dialogue,” he said.
The President of the Quantity Surveyors Registration Board of Nigeria (QSRBN), Murtala A. Aliyu, congratulated the inductees and enjoined them to continue to cultivate good relationship with the board so as to enhance harmony in their service delivery.
“The theme of the event is indicative of the need for us to establish good relationship as professionals. Some registered members, after induction, develop unfair attitude towards the board. If you don’t sustain the relationship, you cannot progress and you will become vulnerable.
“If we look at the population of the country and the number of quantity surveyors, it means we are very meager in the population. If we don’t come together and act as a force, we will not achieve what we want. It is a privilege to be inducted as quantity surveyors and I will urge you to maintain good relationship with both the institute and the board,” he said.
He also emphasised the need for the inductees to shun corruption and ensure accountability in their services to the public.
“The new inductees have a huge responsibility to their families, the profession and the nation. We have worked over a lot of challenges but the substantial challenge in the construction industry and the nation in general is the issue of corruption.
It places a lot of responsibility on us as a management body, that if we want to move the country forward, we need to stand firm and wake up to our responsibilities as quantity surveyors, if we want to move our nation forward,” he added.
On his part, the President of the National Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS), Mohammed Abba Tor, said there is need to take emerging technologies into consideration in a bid to upgrade the profession to meet with the global trends.