Housing Minister urges quantity surveyors to uphold ethics, standards

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By Angela Atabo
The Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Mr Ahmed Dangiwa, has urged the Board for the Registration of Quantity Surveyors of Nigeria (GSRCN) to uphold good ethics and standards in the construction and building sector in Nigeria.

Dangiwa made the call at the formal inauguration of the 10th constituted board of QSRBN on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said the appointment of the board members was a call to national service because of the critical role they play in fixing the challenges facing the housing sector.

He said the responsibilities of the board among others included determining the quantity surveyors’ standard of knowledge and skills, regulating and controlling the practice of the profession in all its aspects.

“The full details of your duties and responsibilities are prescribed in the enabling Act of the QSRBN which will be handed over to you at the end of the inauguration ceremony.

“I urge you to carefully read through them and become familiar with them as the knowledge will help and guide you towards contributing your quota to national development,” he said.

Dangiwa also tasked the board to leverage on its wealth of experience and professional training, to ensure reduction in the high cost of construction projects and procurement in the country.

He said that the construction sector where the quantity surveyors belonged, was a major driver of employment and economic growth.

Responding, a member of the board, Mr Obafemi Onashile pledged the support of the board to work without prejudice in the discharge of its duties.

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Obafemi said the board would also work with the Federal Government, Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS) and other stakeholders, to upscale impact of the quantity surveying profession on the national economy.

He assured the minister of the board’s commitment to the QSRBN Act in the performance of its duties..(NAN) (www.nannews.ng)
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Edited by Chidinma Agu/Sadiya Hamza

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