By Jude Njoku
LAGOS, the acclaimed “Centre of Excellence” will be agog this week as the nation’s construction cost experts storm the city for the 26th Biennial Conference and General Meeting of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, NIQS.
The five-day international conference which kicks off today at the Lagos Oriental Hotel along the Lekki Road in Victoria Island, will brainstorm on the theme: Politics, Policies and National Development: The Role of Professionals.
The Secretary, Marketing and Corporate Affairs of the Institute, Mr. Olujide Oke described the biennial conference as “the most important event in the programme of the NIQS and provides the forum for the largest gathering of quantity surveyors in Nigeria where policy issues and strategies which shape the direction of the profession in particular and the construction industry in general, are brought forth for discussion and decision.”
“This year’s international event which will attract resource persons and participants from outside the country and member nations of the African Association of Quantity Surveyors, AAQS, shall also be graced by top government officials drawn from the Presidency, Federal and State Governments, political parties as well as professionals from the construction /real estate, banking, insurance, captains of industry both within and without the profession, “ Mr. Oke said.
The highpoint of the conference, according to Mr. Oke would be the investiture of an Abuja-based quantity surveyor, Mrs Mery Torkwase Iyortyer as the first female president of the 46-year old Institute. She becomes the second woman to lead a professional body in the construction industry.
The first was Mrs Bukky Ejiwunmi who led the Nigerian Institute of Architects, NIA between 2001-2003.
Until her election as Deputy President two years ago, the highest position held by a woman in the NIQS was National Vice President occupied by Mrs Ibiyinka Conde in the 1990’s. Apart from the baton exchange between the outgoing president, Mallam Murtala Aliyu and Mrs Iyortyer, the election of a new Deputy President will be the cynosure of all eyes at the biennial confab.
How it all started: The Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors was founded by a group of Nigerians who trained, qualified and practised in the United Kingdom but who upon returning to Nigeria, sensed the urgent need to develop the profession of quantity surveying in Nigeria by establishing a parallel body to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, RICS of the United Kingdom.
Quantity Surveying is practised in Nigeria along the same pattern as the United Kingdom and otherCommonwealth countries. The Regulated and other Professions (Miscellaneous Provisions ) Act 1978 recognised quantity surveying profession as one of the scheduled professions while Decree No 31 of 1986 gave legal backing and recognition to the Quantity Surveying profession and also set up the Quantity Surveyors Registration Board of Nigeria, QSRBN to regulate the profession.
Services provided by Quantity Surveyors
Quantity Surveyors are the construction cost experts. Their services include:
*Feasibility studies on capital projects
*Contract documentation and procurement
*Contract administration and management
*Drawing up the client’s brief
*Direct labour project