By Goodluck Ikiebe
A foreign trained Project Consultant, Mr Victor Eshiemokhai, has emphasised the need to as a matter of policy engage the services of project management consultants in project execution to avoid cases of abandonment and building collapse in Nigeria.,
Mr Victor Eshiemokhai, who made the appeal in a chat with newsmen in Abuja, said the purpose of project management is to look into the planning, cost implications, risk control and management as well as close supervision of the project to avoid failure.
“What is happening in Nigeria against the backdrop of project failure and building collapse is that the sequences of project execution are not properly followed, thereby resulting in abandonment and failure”, he stated.
He stated that project management consultants are to ensure compliance whereby every element of the project is properly done and carried out without cutting corners as done by some contractors in order to maximize cost and profit margin.
“Someone who is behind the scene to ensure that the sequence is properly monitored and executed has to be a project management consultant, without this, projects are bound to fail or abandoned”, Eshiemokhai noted.
According to him, “About Sixty percent of structures in Nigeria’s capital city, are below standard, so there is a need for the government to work with experts on what to be done to remedy the structures and future projects”.
Mr Victor Eshiemokhai noted that there are weak structures everywhere in the world, not only in Nigeria, but the government should put in place a technical team to regularly test structures and find a way to remedy them by renovating and remodelling in line with global standard procedures.