By Jude Njoku
The Quantity Surveyors Registration Board of Nigeria QSRBN, has vowed to prosecute quacks and other non-registered quantity surveyors who offer professional services to either the public or private sector clients as if they are registered quantity surveyors.
President of QSRBN, Mallam Hussaini Adamu Dikko who gave the warning at the induction of 299 newly registered quantity surveyors and 38 practising firms in Abuja, said such quacks will be brought to justice to serve as a deterrent to others.
“The Board has power to prosecute non-registered quantity surveyors who offer professional services to either the public sector or private sector clients as if they are registered quantity surveyors. This category includes professionals from within and outside the construction industry who parade themselves in such indecent and unprofessional manners.
This event therefore serves the twin purpose of alerting registered quantity surveyors to be alive to their responsibilities that the Board will not condone unprofessional practice and misconduct by registered quantity surveyors.
It is also to warn quacks and other meddlesome interlopers who deceive the general public by masquerading as registered quantity surveyors that their game is up. This Board will pursue such persons until they are brought to justice to serve as deterrent to others,” Dikko vowed.
The QSRBN President stated that with the induction, the second since his board came into being in September 2010, the number of registered quantity surveyors and registered firms in the country has risen to about 2,000.
“This is no mean feat considering where we are coming from and what it takes in terms of time, skill, knowledge and resources to become a registered quantity surveyor. I therefore heartily congratulate all the inductees for attaining this professional status.
I urge you to use your certification today as a stepping stone to a blossoming and prosperous career in which ethics, competence and integrity will be your watchword and guiding principles. The future holds bright prospects for you all considering the role of the quantity surveyor in the socio-economic dynamics and calculus of any economy; nay Nigerian economy.,”he said.
Also addressing the inductees, the President of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Mr. Ajele John Alufohai, reflected on the place and role of professionals in economic development and nation building and declared that “no economy can develop without widespread adherence to laid-down procedures and rules”.
“You must refuse to be tools that people use in mismanaging private or public funds. You must be true professionals. Don’t look for short cuts to wealth and success. They often do not bring peace of mind or take you far.
These are not mere words intended to make us feel nice about ourselves. They are meant to encourage you every day in working hard, in being imaginative, in thinking hard about your own route to success, in avoiding temptations to take short cuts, in making that extra effort every time to do your best, knowing that the best and most durable route to success is through honest hard work,” Alufohai said
The NIQS President who noted that corruption is most prevalent in large infrastructure and construction contract works, commended President Goodluck Jonathan for setting up a committee to look into the excessive cost of contracts in the country.
“Quantity surveyors have a big role to play in promoting adherence to regulations, rules and procedures in public life.”