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SURE-P: FG trains over 26,800 youth in N-Built, says NIOB

By Edeki Igafe [NAN]

The Federal Government has trained over 26,800 youth  under the first and second phases of the  N-Built components of the National Social Reinvestment Programme (SURE-P), according to an official of the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB).

Mr. Christopher Belonwu, Honorary General Secretary, NIOB, disclosed this on Sunday in Sapele, Delta, in a speech at the “5th Investiture/Swearing of the elected  Executive for the 2020/2022 Session” of the Delta chapter of the NIOB, under the them: ”Synergy in the Construction Industry: The Role of Builders”.

Belonwu noted that the construction industry was a critical driver of the economy, that the government often used to regulate the economy by way of engaging both skilled and unskilled workforce.

“Typical example of Government sponsored job creation programs in the construction industry is the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Program (SURE-P).

“Over 16,800 and 10,000 in the first and second phases of the N-Built components of the SURE-P have been trained by the government.

“Despite this huge interest and investment by the Government, the construction industry is yet to attain the expectations of its clients due to the traditional method of construction,” he said.

Belonwu, who was the guest speaker, said that the construction industry could only achieve its full potential, when conscious effort was made by every professional to work together.

He urged Builders to unite and have a common focus, noting that professional cohesion and understanding their distinct roles were the expectations of the public and which they must practice.

Earlier, in his Valedictory speech, Mr. Kingsley Oghoro, the former Chairman of the NOIB, Delta chapter, said that his administration was able to project the Institute very well at the national level.

“We achieved this by executing all state and national programmes and improving our interactions with the government and other stakeholders in the building industry,” he said

Oghoro urged members of the chapter, particularly the past Chairmen, Fellows and Elders, to continue to support the new executive to take the Institute to the next level.

In his acceptance speech, Mr. Samuel Omiri, the newly sworn-in Chairman, called for synergy to be able to move the construction industry forward.

“It is by synergising with government in our individual and collective capacities that we can all help to forge the Nigeria of out dreams.

“I urge fellow professional colleagues to continue to work in unity, and be the best we can in our different fields of endeavours,” he said.

Mr. Paul Akporowho, the Chairman, Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria (APBN), Delta chapter, urged Builders to synergise and also take advantage of Information Communication Technology (ICT) to improve on their work.

The Speaker, Delta House of Assembly, Sheriff Oborevwori, represented by his Chief of Staff (CoS), Mr Ebenezer Okorodudu, congratulated and wished the new executive well in their tenure. (NAN)

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