Governor of Borno State Babagana Zulum has said that his government will sponsor at least a hundred students willing to study quantity survey as a professional course.
The Governor gave the assurance during a two-day national workshop of the Nigerian Institute of quantity surveyors NIQS holding in Maiduguri.
Zulum told the participants that he was stunned to hear that Borno had only nine registered members on its list adding that the lapse was unacceptable especially now that the state government is beginning to build its battered infrastructure due to insurgency.
Professor Zulum added that for the deficiency to be corrected, the 27 council areas in the state must produce three candidates each to receive an instant scholarship to study the course in any institution.
He called on Council chairmen and all stakeholders to collaborate with the quantity surveyors for the betterment of the state by producing indigenous sons and daughters to study the course.
Earlier, the President of the NIQS Mohammed Tor expressed gratitude to the state government for hosting the workshop which took place simultaneously in Abakaliki, Abuja, Ibadan, Katsina and Uyo.
He said the workshop with the theme “Importance of Resources schedule for inclusive development of the construction industry” was taking place in Maiduguri for the first time in the history of the institute.
On the rebranding initiative of the institute, he told members that “the rebranding roadmap is an important framework that provides evidence-based and data-driven principles for administering the Institute.
“An important component of the Programme entails exploring better tools and techniques of achieving customer satisfaction, thereby contributing to national growth and development. One such tool is resource scheduling.
“Quantity Surveyors and other professionals in the building environment must be retrained on the tools and techniques of resource scheduling.” He stressed.
Tor maintained that the NIQS is therefore set to further deepen its contribution to national development through a new initiative that targets the informal construction sector.
“This initiative will deliver direct benefits to individuals and managers handling projects of lower size and complexity through the provision of resource scheduling services by Quantity Surveyors.
“This service offering is more critical now than ever before as prices of construction materials keep on increasing unabatedly.”
The President further noted that the overall aim of the Workshop was to penetrate the lower end of the construction industry market, thereby contributing optimally to sustainable national growth and development.
” It will dwell on techniques and key concepts of resource scheduling. Your ethics and professional integrity are of paramount importance while carrying out this responsibility, either as a Government employee or to private clients, especially in the informal sector.”
The President, therefore, urged members to quickly familiarize themselves with the revised Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct launched in November last year so that they stay abreast.
“It is my hope that at the end of the Workshop you will be better equipped to take part in the procurement process in the informal sector, which is germane to sustainable growth and development of the Nation,” he concluded.