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New surveyors institute president, Shonubi, promises reforms

A new president for the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS) has emerged in the person of QS Olayemi Shonubi who has assured on entrenching…

A new president for the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS) has emerged in the person of QS Olayemi Shonubi who has assured on entrenching best practices in the administrative and governance structure of the institute.

Shonubi, who was inaugurated president of NIQS on Saturday evening at the institute’s 29th biennial conference held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, also stressed the need to consolidate the achievements of past administrations.

He further outlined his vision to include collaboration with other professional bodies in the built environment with a view to influencing government policies and laws that affect the industry; developing strategic plans for the growth and development of the profession as well as deepening the training on ethics and ensuring that the ethics and practice monitoring committee of the institute functions effectively.

“While I believe we have a great team in this newly inaugurated NEC, I have always and still believe that it takes all of us working together to move this institute forward to achieve our desired goals and aspirations for our profession. In that respect, I would like to solicit your continuous support for all the activities which we shall be unveiling in days ahead,” he said.

Shonubi, who until his elevation as the president of the institution was the deputy president, is a quantity surveyor with about 30 years of experience.

He has worked on notable projects in Nigeria, prominent among them, the Union Bank Plc Head Office Building, Marina, Lagos; UBA Plc Western District Office, Ibadan; Happy Haven Estate (24/7 Luxurious Apartments), Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos.     

Others are Nampak Cartons Nig. Ltd Gravure Printing Plant, Ibadan; Rice Mill Plants for Dangote Rice Mills Ltd at Jigawa, Zamfara and Kebbi states and College of Engineering Complex for Redeemer’s University at Ede, Osun State.

Meanwhile, the outgoing president of the institute, QS Mohammed Abba Tor, while delivering his opening address at the conference, urged government and professionals to “develop infrastructures that are environmentally friendly, economically responsive, financially attractive; that consider social factors and are institutionally sustainable.”

Speaking on the theme ‘Climate Change and Global Disasters: Developing Sustainable Infrastructure to Achieve Growth Amidst Declining Economic Resources’, he urged professionals in the built environment to adapt to the challenges posed by climate change.