The Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (NICE), Lagos Chapter, has charged building contractors in Nigeria to keep abreast of the latest building technologies and trends obtainable.

The institution made this charge in Lagos at a ‘Project Management Training for Engineers’ it held on Monday.

Speaking on the training, the Chairman of NICE, Mrs Omolola Adetona, explained that it was meant to enhance the efficiency of the engineers for the better good of the building construction industry.

“Driven by technology innovation, demographic growth, environmental change, a new economic order and a strong social and political desire for change, the world is changing quickly.

“The engineering profession does not exist in isolation and in a fast-changing world, the industry has the vital role of providing the requisite built environment to meet the challenges presented by these changes,’’ she said.

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Also speaking at the training, the National Vice Chairman of NICE, Engr. Tokunbo Ajanaku, lamented the poor state of infrastructural development in the country.

“Nigeria has the largest road network in West Africa, with a total coverage of about 193,000 km, which is facing rapid dilapidation due to inadequate financing, poor management and maintenance.

“This challenge has greatly hindered economic activities in the country, thereby adversely affecting economic growth and national development,” he said.

He stated that the nation’s economy would be favourably boosted if the issue of infrastructural development was critically looked into.

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