Fight corruption in construction industry’

Members of the Southwest chapter of the National Association of Quantity Surveying Students (NAQSS) have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to fight graft in the construction industry.
They made the call at the end of the association’s congress at The Polytechnic, Ibadan (IBADAN POLY).
In a statement signed by their President, Eniola Ayodele, and other officers of the association, the students hailed the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS) for its effort to protect the ethical standards in industry.
The statement reads: “It is imperative that quantity surveyors are engaged to monitor implementation of contracts from the procurement stage to the completion stage in the ministries and agencies if the government must fight corruption in building industry. This is why we call on President Muhammadu Buhari to engage building professionals in the fight against corruption in the construction industry.”
The students urged quantity surveyors to stem the rate of building collapse in the country, lamenting that lives were being lost through the incidents. The association said it was concerned about the state of infrastructure and cases of abandoned projects.
The students expressed displeasure on what they called poor standard in  quantity surveying teaching in higher institutions, saying students must be equipped with practical knowledge and research.
The statement added: “We call for review of curriculum used in teaching quantity surveying in higher institution. Teaching must focus on building manpower for construction industry using innovation and modern, tools that will enhance prestige of the profession. It is important quantity surveying students are given the opportunity to engage and compete favourably with their counterparts worldwide. We, therefore, demand change of syllabus and access to grants to aid research works that will benefit students and lecturers.”

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