The 30 per cent allocated for capital projects in the 2016 budget, which is believed to be the highest in the country’s history, would create a lot of jobs for quantity surveyors and other professionals in the country’s built industry.
The President, Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, NIQS, Mercy Iyortyer, made this known while lauding President Muhammadu Buhari for the allocation,
Iyortyer, the first female president of NIQS who spoke at the 1st NIQS Job Fair for fresh graduates and undergraduates from South-West tertiary institutions last week at the University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba, said: “One of the visions I have for the Quantity and Surveying profession is to create opportunities for our members. Students and job seekers are part of our members.”
“When we discovered that there are a lot of job seekers out there, we decided to organize this job fair to enhance their job seeking skills. We decided to use this fair to teach them how to write and present good job curriculum vitae CVs, what to do at interview sessions, who and who to meet as their potential employers, then, it would be the beginning of giving them hope”, she said.
She added that “One good thing about Nigeria today is that for the first time in so many years, we have capital allocation of 30 per cent from the usual 12 per cent. Capital allocation in the past had never exceeded 15 per cent. So, this year, it has doubled.”
“So, the chances for people getting jobs now is going to double. As an institute, that is our expectation. We appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari for this vision he has for this great country, to take infrastructure development to a new level. Without infrastructure development, there will be no national development,” she added.