Minister, quantity surveyors validate curricula for schools

president3Words of assurance came last week from the Minister of Power, Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, supporting steps towards reviewing the curricula of quantity surveyors in Nigeria.

The Minister, the profession’s regulatory body, Quantity Surveyors Registration Board of Nigeria (QSRBN) and the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS), said the move was in good direction, which must be supported by all stakeholders.

Besides, Fashola urged quantity surveyors to bring their expertise to bear in cost management of infrastructure and construction process to achieve the resource optimization and value maximization needed to put the country back on the right track to sustainable growth and development.

The need to review curricula in the nations institutions of higher learning was of paramount value if the profession would address the nation’s domestic needs and also meet global challenges, Fashola said.

Meanwhile, stakeholders in the quantity surveying profession at the weekend began critique and validation of the revised quantity surveying curricula for degree or Higher National Diploma (HND) programmes in Nigerian universities and polytechnics.

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Iyortyer, Nigerian woman of history in quantity

Iyortyer, NIQS President
Iyortyer, NIQS President

In the quantity surveying profession, MRS. MERCY TORKWASE IYORTYER is a woman of many firsts. She was the first female Quantity Surveyor in the Northern Region of Nigeria, the first female chairperson of a chapter in NIQS (FCT Chapter), the Pioneer and Founding Chairperson of the Women Association of Quantity Surveyors (WAQSN), the first woman to represent the institute on the Council of the African Association of Quantity Surveyors, and first woman to be elected into the position of the Deputy President of the NIQS unopposed. Recently, she capped it all as the first female President after 46 years of the Institute’s existence. In this interview, she tells her story to HAPPINESS OTOKHINE.

MRS. Mercy Torkwase Iyortyer was born into the renowned family of Mr. Timothy Yuwa (MON) from Benue State, Nigeria. She demonstrated hard work, intelligence and commitment from her early years in life starting from primary school; when she was chosen to tutor lower classes even as a student herself.

Her outstanding performance in Girls’ High School, Gindiri, Plateau State resulted in her coming out with a Division 1 and many other academic awards. Her leadership skills were harnessed as she was selected Class Captain, House Prefect, and President of Fellowship of Christian Students and eventually became the Head Girl of the school. Read more…