Govt’s use of engineering estimation has fueled corruption in projects, says Shonubi

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The institute has not been quiet. One of Nigeria’s leaders once said that when you fight corruption, corruption fights back. Govt’s use of engineering estimation has fueled corruption in projects, says ShonubiMr. Olayemi Shonubi is the new president of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS). He spoke to CHINEDUM UWAEGBULAM on the challenges being faced in their drive to curb corruption in the construction industry, ensure probity and accountability of public funds.

Quantity surveyors as construction and cost management professionals hold the key to stemming corruption in construction and infrastructure development projects in Nigeria. The problem remains and it appears the institute is unable to influence government to adopt new strategies to curb corruption.The institute has not been quiet. One of Nigeria’s leaders once said that when you fight corruption, corruption fights back.

Those who are benefiting from proceeds of corruption will do whatever they can to ensure that the conduit pipe is not blocked, unfortunately, that is the situation our institute has found itself and not for lack of efforts at changing the prevailing scenario.  Globally, the basic and fundamental document used for procurement of construction and engineering projects is the Bill of Quantities (BOQ). But in Nigeria but for some inexplicable reasons, those who engage in corrupt practices have refused to allow BOQ, which is often and usually prepared by the quantity surveyors to be used as they don’t want our members to be involved in mega projects. In most conditions of contracts, even by International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) and other Engineering bodies abroad, reference is usually made to the BOQ as key amongst the standard documents governing the administration as well as management of construction and engineering projects. However, in Nigeria, when you look at the capital projects, which the government budgets for every year, particularly engineering projects, most times, the procurements are done using Bill of Engineering Measurements and Estimation (BEME), as against the global standard of using BOQ.        BEME is what the government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) have been using over the years and probably explains why Nigerians are not getting value for most of the engineering construction projects, even in buildings. For instance, I came across a procurement document under the Nigeria Directorate of Employment (NDE) some years ago, they were planning to build bungalows as training centres for skill acquisition in all the six geo-political zones in the country and the document used for the procurement was BEME.

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