The Guest Lecturer at the 4th Distinguished Lecture Series of the Nigerian Institute of Architects’ (NIA), Chief Arc. Gabriel Yakubu Aduku has enjoined Nigerian architects to ensure they display the highest level of professionalism in every aspect of their field.
He made this statement while delivering his lecture alongside the launching of his book “Beyond Simple lines 2” at the Shehu Musa Yardua centre, Abuja.
The annual event of the NIA which was well attended by dignitaries in the built society was aimed at celebrating the collective history, achievements and the projection of the Nigerian architect and architecture in the society.
While citing the various economic and ecological changes and uncertainties the architectural sector was facing; the 14th NIA President Arc. Garbiel stressed that Nigeria as a country is in a state of hopelessness and faces a lot of challenges which hinders development. He said
“it is a fact, many sites are abandoned for 5years, 10 years and you want to resuscitate it because the budget is about to be implemented and you find out that the figure is twice or three times more than the original contract amount, they even go on to complicate you in finishing the project, so the project will end up being abandoned”
He added that, “buildings are not only to be built everywhere; rather they should be comfortable and cost effective in construction and maintenance”.
While unveiling and launching the book “Beyond simple lines 2” which was a presentation of nearly 5 decade of architectural practice in Nigeria, Arc. Tunde Imolehin advised every architect to have a copy of the book cause it will help groom and guide them in their practice.
Concluding his lecture, Arc. Gabriel emphasized on the need for promoting architectural works in forms of books and magazines in the mass media as a reference point for upcoming professionals in the field and advised that every form of quackery in the practice leading to building failures be curbed out.
Wilson Ifeoma, HousingNews, Abuja