By Obas Esiedesa
The Institute of Appraisers and Cost Engineers has urged Nigerians to employ the services of certified engineers in the planning and execution of projects across the country to avoid project failures.
The National Chairman of the Institute, Engr. Charles Mbelede stated this on Tuesday at the opening of the 2019 national technical conference and investiture of the Institute in Abuja with the theme ‘Cost engineering, engineering economy and engineering valuation: Perspectives on building resilient infrastructure to promote sustainable industrial growth’.
Dr. Mbelede noted that though the fees for qualified engineers may be higher, he stated that in the long run, it was more cost effective, adding that most failed projects in the country was due to failure to engage certified engineers.
He pointed out that engineering is a wealth creating profession, “as exemplified by the benefits of engineering research, design, planning, manufacturing, construction, maintenance and repairs which has impactful cutting-edge engineering economy contributions to the 21st century technology”.
He stated that the Institute believes that “engineering valuation, cost engineering and engineering economy principles when properly applied with attention to professional details would enhance economic growth and diversification of the Nigerian economy”.
Declaring the conference open, the President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu said the it is the desire of the society that engineers “are given their rightful place in the economy”.
Mokuolo who was represented by NSE Vice President, Engr. Tasiu Gidari-Wudil it was why NSE supported new regulations issued by the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) in August last year.