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Double Bills On Single Project, Avenue To Perpetrate Fraud-Wike

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Posted: Nov 22, 2016 at 1:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Nkasiobi Oluikpe

 

Lagos – Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has stated that the era of double bills of quantities on a single project as an avenue to perpetrate fraud and incur cost overruns is no longer acceptable in the state.

Wike stated this while declaring open the annual general meeting of the Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors Workshop in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

Speaking through his deputy, Mrs. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, he said the role of quantity surveyors, as authoritative and impartial advisors on project costing and management would be appreciated better only when they ensure that public projects are appropriately priced and delivered on the basis of realistic estimates and values.

The Governor noted that public expectations are high in many aspects of the professional duties of Quantity Surveyors in terms of quality assurance, cost control, timely delivery and project accountability especially at this period of economic challenges and spiraling hikes in the cost of project delivery, stressing that anything less than 100% performance could discredit the quality efforts of an entire project and destroy their reputation.

In his goodwill message, Elder Statesman, Chief Ferdinand Anabraba stressed the need for the institute to ensure the rotation of its workshops/seminars as a platform to sensitise the local chapters on new trends in the quantity surveying profession.

Anabraba disclosed that professionals are well recognised in Rives State and that the state government is serious about it and commended the institute for holding the workshop and AGM in Port Harcourt which he described as a ‘Comfort Zone’.

Earlier in her address, the president of the institute, Mrs. Mercy Iyortyer said the institute has been watching with keen interest, the giant strides of the Wike-led administration in critical sectors such as roads, bridges, security, education, housing, power and health emphasizing that the State has earned itself the recognition of ‘investment destination’ due to its rich natural resources endowment and conducive environment for business to thrive.

Iyortyer said that the Workshop would provide a platform for addressing key issues in Building Information Modeling with a view to preparing Quantity Surveyors and other professionals to respond to emerging changes in the practice and delivery of their professional services.