Identity theft as the scourge of Nigeria’s construction industry – Opinion – The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News


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Identity theft is gradually becoming a challenge in the construction industry in Nigeria.

With the scarcity of construction projects, fierce competition is forcing the amoral marketing strategy of identity theft to become permissive.

This backward idea where people deceive prospects and clients about their qualifications for a job is practiced by both professionals and artisans in the industry. If left unchecked, it will eventually lead to a lack of public respect for the industry.

Starting with the professionals, there is a need for a reorientation of values. On a construction site, not all senior executives wearing white helmets need to adopt the designation engineer just to massage an ego. The nature of construction work often calls for several professions and related trades. Site engineers need the support of others such as security guards, quantity surveyors, architects, land surveyors and many more. Even in the building consulting phase, so many professionals abuse their knowledge of building design by appearing to clients as architects.

In the health sector, the ethics practiced discourage a radiologist from appearing to patients as nurses. Even an experienced hospital cleaner wouldn’t dare present himself as a paramedic to a patient. Such ethical practice has maintained public confidence in the hospital system. When COVID-19 emerged, security personnel at the hospital entrance only reminded patients to observe hand washing and masking. None benefited patients at a time when access to care was easy only for emergencies.

Construction professionals should take pride in their own profession while striving to demonstrate their relevance to building consulting and construction activities. The professional class in the industry performs leadership functions, and many artisans look to them for how to conduct themselves. If professionals get into the game of identity theft, then who will prompt artisans to abandon this growing negative culture of identity theft? The male stops at the leader’s table.

Today, information technology (IT) professionals have worked hard to build their well-deserved reputation in multiple industries without needing to live in anyone’s shadow. Thus, a computer scientist in the banking sector would gladly advertise his profession rather than say that he is a banker. Financial technology companies have carved out a place for themselves in the banking firmament. We now call them FinTech companies rather than banks.

There are a few things the construction industry needs to disinfect, but stopping identity theft might be the most urgent action. As a suggestion, there is a need to increase the demand for industry services in a way that will replace the current job scarcity mentality with an abundant mentality. Creating solutions to intractable customer problems in the industry and getting a fair return on the value created is one way to achieve this. While Nigeria may face several challenges, her main issues identified by Christine Lagarde during her visit to the country in 2016 as President of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) at the time remain poverty, inequality. and unemployment. If industry leaders can work together to come up with construction industry-focused solutions to these three problems, there could be an upsurge in economic activity for the industry.

For example, poverty is a serious problem because of the often mismatch between dwindling resources and rising human aspirations that attract some poor people to crime. Helping more people access decent housing can help fight poverty while expanding economic opportunities for the construction industry. Relevant solutions could include expanding access to mortgage loans, increasing the stock of social housing and promoting condominiums. It is worrying how workers in essential public services often face temporary homelessness when they are posted from their jobs due to unaffordable rents in some urban areas.

Contributing to the reduction of inequalities is a national gain and a productivity accelerator for the construction industry. Technical and administrative efforts to promote an equitable distribution of development funds between rural and urban areas will diversify real estate development centers and reduce the wealth gap between rural and urban areas. So will efforts to address multinational professional services firm PricewaterhouseCooper (PWC) report on how between $ 300 billion and $ 900 billion in dead capital in residential real estate and farmland goes unused when from the granting of legal title deeds, that is all that is needed to unlock it. The culmination of reducing inequalities will be the reduction of building and infrastructure acquisition fraud that has unnecessarily inflated the costs of delivering buildings and infrastructure while supporting an asymmetric income distribution model.

Entrepreneurship is the new way the government has chosen to create jobs in the economy today. Since charity begins at home, the construction industry must develop a sustainable school-to-work transition program to secure new employable jobs within its fold. It can then provide the favorable built environment that inspires and sustains the business. If the development of a business center is considered expensive, then reasonable residential conversion and mixed-use development should be in fashion. Another suggestion is to deepen the government’s import substitution policy by promoting alternative local building technology that lowers average building delivery costs, thereby attracting more customers to the industry. Once trust is established, cross-border alliances with Nigerian diaspora professionals can be another additional growth engine for the industry as the cross-fertilization of ideas democratizes, increasing the industry’s ability to further undertake. big projects.

The colonialist bequeathed to us the current building industry which has mainly served to modernize our people from a traditional way of life. There are hardly enough business opportunities now in the pursuit of this modernization program. Post-colonial Nigeria has since grown to be over 60, weighed down by the pains of this modernization effort. There is a need for local leaders in the construction industry to establish a new agenda for the industry that is relevant to Nigeria’s urgent needs. Contributing to solutions to the pervasive problems of poverty, inequality and unemployment could be one way to create enough economic opportunity to bypass the swarming population of industry practitioners so that identity theft loses its steam. .

Olaoye is a lecturer in the Department of Architectural Technology, Osun State Polytechnic, Iree; Williams is the organizer of Excellence Network Cooperative, a forum for young entrepreneurs in the real estate industry.

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