37 ‘Projects fail be­cause of poor bud­get­ing’

Daily Trust - - PROPERTY - By Us­man A. Bello

Former Vice Pres­i­dent of the Nige­ria In­sti­tute of Quan­tity Sur­vey­ors Kabir Moh’d Olayi­wola has at­trib­uted failed and un­com­pleted projects in the coun­try to non-in­volve­ment of quan­tity sur­vey­ors in project bud­getary pro­cesses by author­i­ties.

Olayi­wola who said this in an in­ter­view with our reporter said the trend of failed and aban­doned projects will be tack­led only if gov­ern­ments at all lev­els be­gin to in­volve pro­fes­sion­als in project bud­getary pro­cesses.

Ac­cord­ing to him, ig­nor­ing pro­fes­sion­als will al­ways lead to failed, aban­doned or project ter­mi­na­tion be­cause the right cost is not de­ter­mine at the right time, adding that no­body can be held re­spon­si­ble for it be­cause those that carry out the cost­ing are nei­ther pro­fes­sion­als nor the right peo­ple for the job.

“Quan­tity sur­vey­ors are the first pro­fes­sion­als to be con­sulted in de­vel­op­men­tal and in­fras­truc­tural projects be­cause you need to know how much you can spend on the project.

“They will de­ter­mine the cost of con­struc­tion of a project and can also work with them to en­sure that what are on ground take care of the project but this is not the case in Nige­ria,” he ex­plained.

He said pro­fes­sion­als are to blame for failed project if they were en­gaged for the job.

He stressed, “In our so­ci­ety to­day, no one takes re­spon­si­bil­ity be­cause those em­ployed to do the job are not pro­fes­sion­als.”

Olayi­wola ex­plained that the na­tion can have bet­ter value for the money spent on projects only when quan­tity sur­vey­ors are used to de­ter­mine all in­fras­truc­ture and con­struc­tion cost am­bi­tion be­fore em­bark­ing on project.

“Since we are in the era of change, Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari should en­sure that the change mantra is ex­tended to all sec­tors of the econ­omy, change from not us­ing the right pro­fes­sion­als on cost­ing projects to us­ing right pro­fes­sion­als for good re­sult,” he ap­pealed.

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