To improve practice, the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) and its counterpart, Australian Institute of Building (AIB) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which would further develop the methodology and technology of building construction.
The pact, which is aimed at making the two bodies have a shared commitment to becoming a stronger professional educator within the construction industry, was signed in Sydney during an event, ‘Constructing Our World’, jointly organised by the New-Zealand Institute of Building, Australian Institute of Building and Singapore Institute of Building.
According to the Australian Institute of Building President, Mr. David Burnell the professionals would work together to raise the level of professionalism in the Nigerian and Australia building industry.
Speaking on the initiative, NIOB President, Mr. Kunle Awobodu explained that the collaboration among members of the two institutes would promote research in the field of construction and also encourage greater participation of members in jointly organised construction events for valuable Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Mr. kunle Awobodu said there were ongoing discussions on collaboration with the New-Zealand Institute of Building and Singapore Institute of Building to create multilateralism for greater collective drive to technologically shaped construction products.
The two parties have also agreed to exchange information relevant to the development of the building construction management profession in Australia and Nigeria to facilitate an understanding of each other’s work.
In his goodwill message to the forum, the High Commissioner of Nigeria in Australia, Ambassador Bello Kazaure Husseini hoped that the bilateral relationship would advance construction innovations in Nigeria.
Recounting his experience after a tour of building construction sites in Australia, the Vice Chairman of the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON), Dr. Samson Opaluwah commended the level of compliance with standards, which, of course, CORBON would not relent at promoting in Nigeria.
NIOB former General Secretary, Mr. Fadil Elegbede expressed satisfaction on the new value the Sydney event has contributed to the construction knowledge of Nigerian professionals despite the cultural differences.