BY LAJU IREN & MAXMILLIAN ANOSIKE
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Aso Savings and Loans, Mr. Hassan Usman has said that project managers in Nigeria need strong codes of ethics and professional conduct to effectively carry out their duties. Usman said this at the 10th Annual Project Management Lecture held at the University of Lagos, UNILAG where he served as guest lecturer recently. The lecture, organized by UNILAG’s Department of building was themed: “National Vision on Housing and Infrastructure: The role of Project Management.”
Usman, while pin pointing the challenges of infrastructure and housing development in Nigeria, said that there is no clear understanding of the intricacies and scope of projects prior to commission. According to him other challenges include:
“Poor real estate project planning and execution resulting in major cost overruns; non-adherence to quality control measures both in building materials production and actual construction; slow adoption of emerging improved building and project technologies; dearth of qualified craftsmen and artisans, popularization of subcontracts which serve as potential threats for project quality as well as the prevalence of inexperienced project managers.”
The Aso boss added that to achieve the National Vision for Housing and Infrastructure, project managers must pay attention to quality, risk management, optimal resource utilization, timeliness, decision making, record keeping and accountability as well as human resources. Apart from codes of ethics and professional conduct, he opined that the way forward for project management must include adoption of emerging project management technology and applications, adoption of enhanced project management communication strategies, consistent re-evaluation of adopted management practices and Government-Private initiatives to involved professional project managers in infrastructure and housing development.
Speaking on the relevance of the topic, the Head of Department of Building, Prof. Godwin Idoro, said that the existing scenario of housing and infrastructure in Nigeria is nothing to write home about. He said: “The existing scenario is a challenge to all stakeholders involved in the supply of housing and infrastructure notably the Federal and State Governments, the organized private sector, education and research institutions.”