By Chris Ochayi
The Quantity Surveyors Registration Board of Nigeria, QSRBN, weekend, blamed the current high cost of construction projects on the exclusion of quantity surveyors from performing their cost functions. The construction cost experts claimed that such projects have become instruments for money laundering and corruption.
President of QSRBN, Mallam Husaini Adamu Dikko who stated this at the maiden stakeholders’ conference in Abuja, called for patriotic action to block money leakages in the construction industry which according to him, had put construction costs in Nigeria highest above what is obtainable anywhere in the world.
He specifically noted that billions, if not trillions of Naira will be saved if the board is encouraged to develop and deploy capacity towards mandatory involvement in cost determination of government-owned buildings and other construction projects.
Dikko who described the industry as a potent economic driver that can be used to create wealth, generate employment and boost the economy, lamented that the country ranks high under category of imperfect project cost with high correlation for corruption and deliberate act of falsification.
The QSRBN boss maintained that there is need for the public to be sensitized on the invaluable role quantity surveyors play and urged stakeholders involved in the management of construction processes to ensure that quality control is not comprised.
Mallam Dikko equally called on governments at all levels to ensure that effective cost control mechanisms are put into action right from inception stage of projects.
He said: “Part of the deliberations of the conference was on developing a robust stakeholder database so that all those who ought to know about the institutional framework for superintending over the profession of quantity surveying in Nigeria are kept in constant communication The building and construction, economic roundtable is a policy-inclined programme of the board which places the building and construction sector of the Nigerian economy under continuous searchlight and review.
It is used to set agenda for national development and draw special attention to challenges and critical success factors for growth and development of the sector.”
Experts who spoke at the conference, called on governments at all levels to curb the current high cost of building and construction projects as a way to tackle ongoing corruption in the construction industry.