President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja assured that the dark days of impunity are gone for good and promised that his administration will remain focused and committed to creating an inclusive and diversified economy.
He said the choice Nigerians made on February 23, when they re-elected him as president was an expression of their desire for the country to move forward, assuring that he remains committed to the Change Agenda of his All Progressives Congress (APC) government.
He stated this when he received the leadership of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS), led by Mr Obafemi Onashile, who came to congratulate him for his election victory.
“Let me start by thanking you for your kind prayers. Nigerians have clearly spoken of their desire for the country to move forward. On our part, we remain committed to the Change Agenda. By the grace of God, and with your continued prayers and support, the dark days of impunity are gone for good,” he said.
President Buhari used the occasion to highlight the administration’s achievements in stimulating the economy in the past three years, noting that growing the nation’s economy means “national growth must impact the silent majority.”
He said, “This is why in the past three years; we focused on key job-creating sectors such as agriculture and infrastructure development.
“You will all recall that our agriculture and infrastructure programmes contributed to our exit from recession. This is a clear example of how, if we push ‘inclusive’ job-creating policies, growth will follow.
“We will remain committed to these and other programmes to ensure the success of our nation are felt by the majority of Nigerians.”
On the incessant building collapses across the country, the President warned that those responsible for such incidents of professional negligence will feel the full wrath of the law.
He told members of the Institute that the recent tragic incident in Lagos, and many others across the country were reminder of the need to strictly adhere to quality standards on construction projects.
“Young innocent lives must never be lost due to incompetence and greed. Simply put, no corners must be cut. I want to assure you that those responsible for such incidents of professional negligence will feel the full wrath of the law,” he said.
The President welcomed recommendations and suggestions from the Institute on how to enhance the construction industry, directing that they make a formal submission to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing as soon as possible.
In his presentation, the President of NIQS, Onashile appealed to the Federal Government to create a Directorate of Quantity Surveying and Projects Costs Management to address the issue of unclear delineation of professional functions amongst construction professions within the Government.
Onashile also made a case for Quantity Surveyors to be mandated and allowed to undertake cost management of projects of all forms on behalf of government, among others.