The Director General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Mike Omeri has charged the Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS) to apply the full weight of existing regulations on all erring members of the institute to bring them to book and deter others in the spirit of the “Do the Right Thing” campaign of the NOA.
Mr. Omeri gave the charge during a courtesy visit by the senate members of the NIQS, FCT Chapter. The NOA Director General said the cases of infrastructure collapse across the country would drastically reduce if the concept of “Do the Right Thing” permeates the institute and every facet of our existence. He consequently expressed his confidence in the present senate of the institute to bring to an end the night mare of building collapse in the country.
The NOA boss disclosed that henceforth, no bidder for any form of procurement will receive consideration in NOA without proof of due certification by the NIQS within the provisions of the Procurement Act. He also disclosed that the NOA was working on a partnership with the NIQS on capacity building for the Agency’s procurement officers.
In his address during the visit, the Chairman, NIQS FCT Chapter, Mr. Abbar Tor commended the transparency of the procurement procedure of the NOA. In his words, “We have observed the transparent manner in which you conclude the last procurement exercise. It is a model for all MDAs to emulate”.
The NIQS Chapter Chairman called for the inclusion of the NIQS in the national procurement Council and to be thus recognized in the on-going amendment of the Procurement Act by the National Assembly, describing their omission as a grievous oversight. He argued that the procurement policy of the Federal Government was a critical area where Quantity Surveyors’ skills are required as they have a key role to play towards accomplishing this goal. Mr. Abba Tor therefore requested the support of the NOA towards the realization of this objective.