Workshop course

NIQS organizes a workshop on construction claims

The Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors has concluded a two-day workshop on Complaints in Construction Contracts, focusing on the valuation, presentation and analysis of complaints in the construction industry.

Speaking at the just-concluded workshop in Abuja, NIQS Vice President Kene Nzekwe said the event was organized to build the capacity of surveyors as the prevailing dynamics in the he construction industry required the training program.

He said, “The Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, in our effort to continue to improve the capacity of our members, has decided to put this workshop on Construction Claims.

“This is because before now we have surveyed our members on what area they would like us to increase their capacity in and this is one of the areas where they have indicated interest.

“Commodity prices around the world have increased and this has a direct impact on the construction industry and those involved in this sector, including contractors, customers and, of course, those of us who are like referees, have to increase our abilities.”

Nzekwe added: “It’s about making sure that at the end of the day anyone who suffers damage through claims can get some kind of compensation when all the issues are on the table. This is the objective of this workshop.

He said the workshop would build confidence in NIPR members in providing quality advice to clients and contractors on construction claims issues.

“Now it is important to clarify that construction claims vary depending on the size of the project and the content of the contract. It is not fixed but depends on the nature of the contract and the details of the contract document,” he said.

The NIQR official added, “Now inflation in Nigeria has affected many things and contracts and claims in the construction sector are not ruled out.”