Naomi Gabriel —
The President of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS), Muhammad Abba Tor, at a two day national workshop themed “Construction Estimating for Successful Project Delivery”, and induction of 94 new fellows organized by the institute in Lagos, charged members to develop competence and skills for effective construction cost estimating to avert pitfalls in project delivery
Abba Tor said estimating was important in ensuring resources that go into construction are well computed and captured as well as meet the expectations of stakeholders. He expressed that quantity surveyors must develop competencies on issues such as risk management, principles, and techniques of estimating, sustainability in construction, evolving information, and communication.
“Construction estimating must be approached with a high level of diligence, care, and competency. It requires a systematic analysis of the resources needed to accomplish any given project, he said.
“It forms an important component of planning and serves as a baseline against which actual cost performance is tracked and measured. The rebranding programme embarked upon by this council is aimed at offering optimum services to clients. The rebranding roadmap is an important framework that provides evidence-based and data-driven principles for administering the institute. An important component of the programme entails the capacity building of members to enable them to deliver enhanced quality services, thereby achieving customer satisfaction.
“Proper estimating is more critical now than ever before as prices of construction materials keep on increasing unabatedly. Quantity surveyors are experts and professionals equipped with the technical know-how on construction projects and best suited to deliver this service,” he concluded.
The workshop attracted the Secretary, Professional Development and Library of the institute, Dr. Amuda Ganiyu-Yusuf, Secretary, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Aderonke Oyelami, state’s branch chairmen and fellows.
The speakers included Dr. Aminu Bashir, Dr. Bello Adeniran, Mr. Joe Fraser, Dr. Abdulhakeem Garba, Dr. Ayodeji Oke, Chijioke Iwuagwu, and Sanmi Olowosile.