Building Construction is the process of adding structure to real property or construction of buildings which consist of common elements such as design, financial, estimating and legal considerations, projects of varying sizes may reach undesirable end results, such as structural collapse, cost overruns, and litigation.Building construction is procured privately or publicly utilizing various delivery methodologies, including cost estimating, hard bid, negotiated price, traditional, management contracting, construction management-at-risk, design and build and design-build bridging.
A construction company is not a single entity and does not carry out one role, for they are large-scale multitasking agencies that join a plethora of human capital and machines. To assemble a building, home, or structure, a construction company must work in the most efficient way possible.
Building Construction in developing countries like Nigeria has regulatory bodies that are set up to regulate and make sure that professionals within the construction industry operate in accordance with the law establishing them.
Various Building Construction Industry Regulatory Bodies in Nigeria
The building construction industry in Nigeria is a complex and highly competitive one with various professionals in different aspects. These professionals make sure of the successful execution of its many activities. These regulatory bodies are saddled with the responsibility of ensuring the effective control, coördination, organizing, directing, resource management and production of a building, and other constructional activities in the country.
Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP)
The Town Planners are the leading planning body for spatial, sustainable, integrative and inclusive planning. The body develops long and short-term plans to use for the growth and revitalization of urban, suburban, and rural communities while helping local officials make decisions on social, economic, and environmental problems. The local governments use the majority of urban and regional planners, they often are referred to as a community, regional, or city planners.
Nigerian Institute of Town Planners Objectives
– The advancement of public awareness of the importance of the living and working environments and the necessity for their protection.
– The Advancement of Town Planning education, training, research and practice.
– The dissemination of Town Planning information through conferences, seminars, meetings, exhibitions and publications.
– The establishment and enforcement of a code of professional practice and conduct for town Planning practitioners in Nigeria.
– The protection of the practice of the profession and the welfare of those practising it.
– The acquisition and disposal of landed properties and other assets and the raising of funds where necessary, for carrying out the goals.
– The acceptance of any gift, endowment or bequest to or for the Institute and the carrying on of any trust attached to such gifts, endowment or bequest.
– The doing of all such other lawful things as may be associated with or may be incidental or conducive to the furtherance of Town Planning in Nigeria. Visit the NITP
Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE)
This is the umbrella organization for the Engineering Profession in the country. The regulatory body regulates the professional needs of its members through well-structured programmes and regular interactions among the different cadre of engineers in the country, enhancing high professional standards and ethical practices.
The Nigerian Society of Engineers is dedicated to providing quality service for enhancing professional competence and development of its members. The body also committed to focusing collaboration with, influencing and providing quality advice to the various arms of Government, Industry, Commerce, academia and the Society at large, for the purpose of uplifting the country. Meet the NSE
Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS)
The NIS is one of the oldest organized bodies in Nigeria started in 1934 as the “Licensed Surveyors Association”. The current name – “The Nigerian Institution of Surveyors” was adopted at the Enugu conference in 1966. NIS is subject to and controlled by the Surveyors Registration Council of Nigeria (SURCON)
Nigerian Institution of Surveyors is the umbrella professional organisation for all Surveyors in Nigeria, whether in private practice, government or academia. The Institution has its set goals and aims clearly defined to its members.
Activities include branch meetings, conferences and events. The council of the Institution is the highest decision-making body, subject only to the Annual General Meeting. Learn more
Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS)
This regulatory body was founded by few qualified General Practice Chartered Surveyors who were trained mainly in the United Kingdom. NIESV was granted government recognition by the enactment of the Estate Surveyors and Valuers (Registration Act)” Decree No. 24 of 1975. The first Annual Conference of the institution was held at Ibadan in 1969.
The Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors initially established out of the need to separate the cost and management functions of building and engineering projects from the design functions in other to make checks and balances in the system and the independence necessary for the efficiency, value for money, and effectiveness. This is the combination of understanding in the design process and the knowledge of the construction process which is a prerequisite for the competency and cost management. Read more
Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB)
This building construction regulatory body has its origin in a similar body called the “Builder’s which was formed in 1834 by a several prominent Builder in London. The Builder’ Society later became the Institute of Building in the United Kingdom which later became The Chartered Institute of Building in 1980 and now The Institute for the Management of Construction.
The Nigerian Institute of Building is responsible for promoting the science and practice of building technology, maintenance, surveying, production/construction management, maintaining a high standard of competence and professional conduct as well as promoting and encouraging the advancement of technical and general knowledge in the building profession in Nigeria is the Nigerian Institute of Building. Some of the Nigerian Institute of Building objectives as set out in the Constitution of the Institute.
Nigeria Institute of Architects (NIA)
The Nigerian Institute of Architects an association of independent professional architects with the aims and goals of fostering friendship among members, cater for their welfare and show mutual support and coöperation among them. The idea for the formation of an independent professional architect’s organization in Nigeria was first conceived and motivated by three Nigerian architects while still pursuing their training in England in the early fifties.
The management of the affairs of the Institute is vested in an Executive Council which comprises of members elected at the Biennial General Meeting of the Institute or appointed. The Executive Council is headed by the President who takes the Chair at all its meetings and the General Assembly.
The Institute continues to coöperate with the governmental and non-governmental organization, universities, polytechnics, technical institutions and other institutions of learning, professional institutions and other bodies in promoting the dynamic role of the architect in the society and in advancing the aims and objectives of the Institute. Meet the architects
Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV)
The Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers is empowered to regulate and control the practice of the profession of Estate Surveying and Valuation in the country. The Institution is affiliated to the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI), Commonwealth Association of Surveying and Land Economy (CASLE), International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria(APBN) AND The International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC).
The NIESV also empowered to secure and improve the technical knowledge which constitutes land economy including Valuation or Appraisal of Real Estate and such fixtures and fittings thereto including plant and machinery; Land Management and Development Investment and Town Planning and to ease the acquisition of such knowledge by working in close collaboration with Universities, Institutions of Higher learning and other professional bodies. Meet the surveyors
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