Friday, 31 July 2015

GOV. UGWUANYI CHARGES QUANTITY SURVEYORS TO DESIGN COST MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES

Rt. Hon. Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Enugu State Governor
Yes, a few days ago, Tectono Business Review reported that the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS) would hold a National Workshop on Measurement and Cost Management of Engineering Infrastructure Projects at Universal Hotel, Enugu from Thursday 30th to Friday 31st of July 2015. The day-2 of the conference is still on as we are publishing this report.

Report reaching us has it that the Governor of Enugu State, Rt. Hon. Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, at the conference yesterday, called on quantity surveyors to design a cost management strategy to reduce the costs of infrastructure provision without compromising standards. According to Gburugburu, as the governor is fondly called, the strategy has become vital owing to the fact that any amount of money saved in this process can be channeled to tackle the challenges in other areas.

In Gburugburu’s own words: “This workshop is indeed apt and timely, especially as it is coming at this point when the need to drive economic expansion in the country through infrastructural development has become even more imperative. I am confident that with the calibre of experts and resource persons assembled and with the topics to be treated, participants will go away richer in knowledge and understanding of the contemporary issues and developments in the industry.”

Governor Ugwuanyi, who is the immediate past Chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Marine Transport, also asked the participants to address the bothersome and persistent issues of falling standards, ethical breaches and quackery in the relevant professions.

In his own speech, the President of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Malam Murtala Aliyu, enjoined the state governments in the South East geopolitical zone to patronise the services of the quantity surveyors in the zone for cost-effectiveness. He expressed his displeasure over the fact that Enugu had not employed the services of quantity surveyors in its infrastructure development, adding that the workshop was meant to address the attendant corruption in the provision of infrastructure through efficient measurement and cost management.