The Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA) has said that it would no longer tolerate a situation where foreign architects will come to practice in Nigeria without registering with the institute.
Making this known at a dinner/award night in Port Harcourt, as part of the programme to round-off the NIA Golden Jubilee celebration of the South South zone in Port Harcourt, the president of the institute, Arc. Olatunji Bolu said foreign architects were practicing without regards to the law of the land.
He said that the law stipulated that they must be registered with NIA, but that this is being flouted by these foreigners.
To this end, the NIA president posited that the institute would no longer fold its hands and watch these foreigners disobey the law and said that something would be done to compel them to comply with statutes.
According to him, “we are not driving them away, but they must comply to the law if they want to practice in Nigeria”.
The NIA president also explained that about 4,000 architects are registered with the institute, and urged members to up hold the integrity of the profession, as the institute had attained the golden jubilee year.
Also in his speech, the chairman of the occasion, Sir Dr. Noble Abbey extolled members of the institute for the good role they have played in the nation’s building, pointing out that the great people he had met in his life so far were architects, whom he had desired.
Earlier in his welcome address, the host chairman Rivers State chapter, Rev (Arc) Belema Okpokiri said the institute had come a long way as it has attained its golden jubilee age in Nigeria.
Arc Okpokiri however urged members to redirect and focus their potentials for the next 50 years, as well as renew contacts, churn out new ones, so as to move the profession to greater heights.
Highlight of the ceremony was the award/honour of some outstanding architects and other personalities that have distinguished themselves.
King Alfred Diete-Spiff was one of the awardees, who was honoured for his contribution to the development of architect in Rivers State and the South South, while Arc. Victor Attah, former Akwa Ibom State Governor was also honoured.