Opportunities Abound for Entrepreneurs in the Building Industry – VP CORBON
The Vice-President, Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON), Professor (Bldr) Martin Dada, has challenged upcoming builders to appreciate and leverage on the numerous opportunities that abound in the building and construction industry.
Professor Dada gave the charge while delivering a paper titled “Building: Unbundling and Tapping its Professional and Entrepreneurial Prospects,” at the Town and Gown seminar of the Department of Building Technology, Covenant University on Thursday, January 26, 2017. He said “As far as Nigeria’s laws are concerned, builders are responsible for the erection of buildings, and the professional and distinctive services of builders are as wide as one can imagine.”
He stated that budding professionals in the building industry should explore career prospects in building production management and pre-design phase of any construction endeavour. In addition, he said the industry is in dire need of professionals that can consult and advice on optimal implications of design and other variables on construction time methodology, outline construction programme and development of framework for project health and safety plan.
According to Professor Dada, the profession of building technology avails young professionals with numerous platforms for starting small and growing big in areas such as contracting and subcontracting of major projects, aluminum works, professional glaziers, finishing works, materials manufacturing and even labour and skills management on site.
He told the audience that when preparation meets opportunity it transforms to success, and as such it is important that they start setting the stage for their future career path by pressing on at an early stage; not being deterred in the face of rejection which they will, most likely, encounter.
He posited that the society expects them, as change agents in the industry, to use conventional and non-conventional methods in learning to go beyond the expectation of financial emolument as interns on projects.
The guest speaker emphasized the need to prioritise in finance management while exploring the entrepreneurial spirit within. He advised the students to think and set goals towards sustainability in business as efficient manager of resources.
While declaring the event open, the Head, Department of Building Technology, Dr. James Owolabi, said that the ‘Town and Gown’ platform of the University has become the crucible for discussing issues plaguing practice, the reality of practice and expectations of industry from the ivory tower.
He expressed high optimism on what the students stand to benefit from the interaction with the guest speaker, as he exposed them to best practices in the profession of building and construction industry.
A 200 Level student of the department, Theophilus Abba, decried the tendency for builders to be disparaged, especially as it relates to other professions that are complementary to activities of the profession. He, however, asked builders to hold their place and be professional enough when working with other professionals or when there is an attempt to make them look lesser, when compared to other related disciplines.