The History of Nigerian Istitute of Quantity Surveyers
History of NIQS
The Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors was founded in 1969 by a group of Nigerians who trained, qualified and practiced in the United Kingdom but who upon returning to Nigeria sensed the urgent need to develop the profession of Quantity Surveying in Nigeria by establishing a parallel body to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors of United Kingdom.
The Profession of Quantity Surveying is practiced in Nigeria along the same pattern as in the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth countries. In America, they are known as Cost Engineers. Quantity Surveying functions are carried out in other countries under a variety of names. Thus, the role is universal.
The regulated and other Professions (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1978 recognised Quantity Surveying profession as one of the scheduled Professions while the decree No.31 of 1986 gave legal backing and recognition to the Quantity Surveying profession and also set up the Quantity Surveyors Registration Board of Nigeria (QSRBN) to regulate the Profession.
Fundamental Objectives of NIQS
- To promote the art and science of the practice of the profession of Quantity Surveying in all its ramifications.
- To provide a platform or forum for meeting and discussing matters of mutual interest to quantity Surveyors in Nigeria, and to preserve and further the interest of Quantity Surveyors.
- To promote and stimulate the improvement of the technical and general knowledge of persons engaged in the profession.
- To organize continue education and professional training for those seeking to become Registered Quantity Surveyors and assist and prepare its members to be registered by the Quantity Surveyors Registration Board of Nigeria (QSRBN).
- To undertake research, study and collate information from any Quantity Surveying bodies from any part of the world on the latest developments and technologies in the practice of the profession and to make such information available to its registered members.
- To co-operate and collaborate with the Quantity Surveyors Registration Board of Nigeria in the training of Quantity Surveyors and the regulating and controlling the practice of the profession in Nigeria.
- To disseminate information and promote understanding of the profession among members of the public and to cooperate with other professional bodies in Nigeria and elsewhere for the promotion and continuous improvement of the professional practices and standards.
- To ensure maintenance of the highest standards of discipline and professional conduct. To promote the interest of members through affiliation and membership of international professional associations.
- To enter into reciprocal arrangements with other national associations to assist international mobility of labour among members.
- To enter into partnership with organizations in both the public and private sector in promoting the interest of members and the development of the profession of Quantity Surveying both in Nigeria and abroad.
- To receive funds that may be donated or bequeathed to the Institute by, members, companies or organizations, to be expended as directed by the donor(s), provided the purpose and use are in accordance with the objects and provisions of this constitution.
- To conduct the affairs of the Institute in a manner that encourages and gives a sense of belonging to all members of the profession through application of Federal Character principles and such like contained in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria but subject to competency and high quality at all times.