President Muhammadu Buhari says the dark days of impunity are gone for good in Nigeria.
He assured Nigerians that his administration would remain focused and committed to creating an inclusive and diversified economy.
Receiving the leadership of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, NIQS, led by Mr Obafemi Onashile, President Buhari again, thanked Nigerians for clearly expressing their desire to move the nation forward.
‘‘Let me start by thanking you for your kind prayers,’’ the President told members of the Institute, who came to congratulate him on his re-election and to pledge their solidarity with his administration.
‘‘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 added.
The Nigerian leader used the occasion to highlight the administration’s achievements in stimulating the economy in the past three years, noting that growing the economy means ‘‘national growth must impact the silent majority.”
‘‘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 is felt by the majority of Nigerians,’’ President Buhari explained.
On the incessant building collapses across the country, the President warned that those responsible for such incidents of professional negligence would 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 face 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.
The President of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, NIQS, Mr Obafemi Onashile appealed to the Nigerian 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.
Congratulating the President on his well-deserved re-election, the Institute expressed its support and total confidence in his administration and leadership direction which have brought hope, progress and stability to Nigeria.
The highpoint of the visit was the conferment of the Fellowship Grade of the NIQS, the highest cadre of membership on President Buhari.
President Buhari was also honoured with the ‘‘Life Champion of Anti-Corruption Crusade in Nigeria’’ Award.