The Big 5 Construct Nigeria, an industry exhibition, will provide extensive free educational programme for construction professionals, the organisers have said.
The organisers said the event beginning Monday (today) would feature more than 20 complementary and CPD-certified workshops covering project management, technology, sustainability, affordable housing and architecture themes.
It added that the project management sessions would provide the PDU points to attending the PMI credential holders.
The Portfolio Event Director at the DMG events, organisers of the event, Muhammed Kazi, said it would be the first edition, which would hold from September 9 to 11.
“We are extremely proud to open our exhibition’s doors to all industry stakeholders and provide the largest free and certified education agenda for construction professionals Nigeria has ever hosted,” he said.
According to him, topnotch line-up of speakers has been arranged for the event.
“As we aim to support the expanding requirements of the promising local construction sector, we trust the event will go a long way in serving Nigeria’s strategic development goals, providing top quality knowledge to the local community,” he added.
He stated that the senior architect for Lagos State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Taiwo Aiyepe, would conduct a workshop on ‘Building collapse in Lagos, the architect’s place’ at The Big 5 Construct Nigeria.
Aiyepe was quoted to have said there were a number of causes behind the collapse of buildings in Nigeria, such as incompetence, the use of substandard materials, inadequate design, physical failure and natural disasters.
“By attending my presentation at The Big 5 Construct Nigeria, industry professionals and the general public will unlearn obsolete practices and finally learn a few tips towards a paradigm shift to address the issue of building collapses,” he said.
The Creative Director at Lisa Interiors, Polola Oladipo, would also conduct a workshop on ‘Addressing affordable housing and architecture in Nigeria’, the organisers said.
Oladipo was quoted to have said some of the major factors affecting affordable housing in Nigeria comprised constraints relating to high cost of securing and registering land title; low financing, slow and complex administrative processes, and then high cost of land.
She said, “By attending my presentation at The Big 5 Construct Nigeria, industry professionals will learn to adopt a holistic approach to housing affordability, implying community thinking and adequate infrastructure, taking into account economic, social, environmental and cultural sustainability.
“This strategic thinking needs to be championed by construction leaders who engage all stakeholders to be part of the affordable housing solution.”
The Project Manager at Konkritek Limited, Kehinde Mosugu, was also quoted to have said there would be two workshops on Public-Private Partnerships and its growing role in Nigeria’s construction and infrastructure industry.
Among other things, the organisers said technology would take the centre stage at The Big 5 Construct Nigeria’s education agenda as the Geomatics Engineer at China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Nigeria Limited, Babatunde Odunlami, would present a lecture on ‘Mapping technology and sustainable development’.Punch