A Port Harcourt-based architect, Ebiweni Bozimo has advocated the establishment of a construction industry development board.
Bozimo, back from the just-concluded sensitisation forum organised by the Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors in Lagos stressed the need for development board, stated in an interview with The Tide Monday, that the expose on infrastructural development boards was top most on the list of discussion at the forum.
He noted that the construction sub-sector of the built environment had suffered many setback due to challenges confronting the sector.
Bozimo who is also the vice chairman of the Nigerian Institute of Architects, Rivers State, listed the challenges to include, lack of executive and financial capacity of local firms, unwillingness to pay consultation fees on the part of both public and private clients, dominance of multinational firms, absence of local construction firms both in the stock exchange and international markets, unnecessary delays in project delivery, poor funding and dearth of local skilled labour, among others.
According to him, the duties of the board would be to carryout capacity building trainings, monitor economic activities in the industry, assess impact of public expenditure on the industry, premote export of construction goods and services and regulate the standard and quality of products being taken out of the water.
He added that the board, when established, would serve as a platform for the promotion of industry growth and development as well as enhance performance in the industry’s contribution to the economy of the nation.