Quantity Surveyors Offer To Tackle Corruption In Construction Industry

By Akin Akande, Abuja

Experts under the aegis of Quantity Surveyors Registration Board of Nigeria (QSRBN) have said engaging the services of its members by governments at all levels will stop undue inflation of projects cost in the construction industry.

Specifically, the board noted that billions, if not trillions of naira would be saved if the board is encouraged to develop and deploy capacity towards mandatory involvement in cost determination of building and construction projects of governments.

Speaking at the maiden stakeholders’ forum in Abuja on Thursday, President of the association, Mallam Husaini Dikko stated that what was far more imperative for the body was in going beyond mere acknowledging the problem in the industry to offering solution.

He described the industry as a potent economic driver that can be used to create wealth, generate employment and boost the economy and lamented that the country ranks high under the category of imperfect project cost with high correlation for corruption and deliberate act of falsification.

Mallam Dikko attributed the current high cost of construction projects to the exclusion of quantity surveyors from performing their cost functions; especially as such projects had become instruments for money laundering and called for patriotic action to block money leakages.

He maintained that there was 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 was not comprised.

The QSRBN boss equally called on governments at all levels to ensure that effective cost control mechanism was made to be put into action right from the 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.”