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8th December 2011





The 51st Biennial General Meeting and Conference of the Nigerian Institute of Architects with theme “SHAPING THE FUTURE OF ARCHITECTURE IN NIGERIA” held at the Ladi Kwali Conference Centre of the Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Abuja from the 16th ­– 19th November 2011 with over 800 members in attendance .

Discussion at this year’s event which followed the keynote address and papers from several eminent Resource Persons, centred on the challenges of the Nigerian construction industry especially as it relates to non-compliance by a great number of procurement agencies to the existing laws governing the practice of Architecture in Nigeria. Of additional concern was the negative impact this regrettable practice has had on the growth of the profession in particular and the construction industry in general.


These discussions were deeply motivated by the connection formed by the transformation agenda of the Federal Government and development programmes of other tiers of Government and major Corporate bodies in relation to the crucial role of architecture and architects in National development


The communiqué released at the end of the BGM was aimed at addressing these anomalies. Ensuring the growth and well-being of the construction industry and its practitioners in particular and the socio-economic development of the nation in general form the main objectives. Six key issues identified from the communiqué are as follows:         


i.        Government at all levels, corporate entities and otherwise knowledgeable  individuals have shown insufficient recognition of the  competence and capacity of the Nigerian registered architect, inappropriately showing undue preference for foreign practitioners subsequently appointed or commissioned contrary to mandatory provisions detailed as inscribed in the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON) Act. The Assembly mandated the Council of the Nigerian Institute of Architects and the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria to strive to attain total compliance with these provisions to engender national security, economic growth, capacity development, transparency, national pride and job creation and sustainability of our noble profession.

ii.         The global issues of sustainability, eco-architecture/green buildings and various rating systems are under study in Nigeria. We recognise their relevance to these times but maintain that they must undergo innovative adaptation and application for overall socio-economic transformation and cultural rejuvenation

iii.        Nigerian architects will continue to strive to attain heightened standards of professionalism that result from the pursuit of continuous manpower development, the enhancement of standards of project documentation and institutionalisation of architectural design competitions as a mode of procurement for enhancing quality and ensuring transparency.

iv.        Promotion of functional basic and professional education founded on continuous and appropriate research, development and application of materials, technologies and processes to create a sustainable built environment.

v.        The development and processing of local materials to complement contemporary design goals through constant integration of practice, education and research knowledge.

vi.        Facilitating the cooperation among professionals, institutions, agencies and other stakeholders with a view to eliminate  architectural practice by non-professionals and the use of fake or substandard products that lead to building failures and collapse, and attendant loss of lives.


May we also seize this opportunity to inform you that at the BGM, a new Executive Council with Arc Ibrahim Haruna, mni, fnia as the 24th President, was elected to run the affairs of the Institute for the next two years. Other elected members of the 24th Council are as follows:


  1. Arc Waheed Niyi Brimmo, fnia            -         1st Vice President
  2. Arc Tonye Oliver Braide, fnia              -          2nd Vice President
  3. Arc Adibe F. Njoku, fnia                      -          3rd Vice President
  4. Arc Abdullahi Shime Abubakar, fnia   -          Honorary General Secretary
  5. Arc E. I. A. Omokanye, fnia                -           National Treasurer
  6. Arc Ibrahim Sani Khalil, fnia               -          Chairman, Admissions Committee
  7. Arc S. T. Echono, fnia                        -           Chairman, Disciplinary Committee
  8. Arc Ramatu Aliyu, mnia                      -          Chairman, International Affairs
  9. Arc Ibrahim Shuaibu, mnia                 -          Chairman, Library _ Publications Committee
  1. Arc Chibuzo John Ogike, mnia           -          Chairman, Practice Committee
  2. Arc Bisi Olumide, mnia                       -         Chairman, Public Relations Committee
  1. Arc M. E. O. Omatsone, fnia              -          Chairman, Student Affairs Committee
  1. Arc Abubakar Sadiq Salisu, mnia      -           Ex-Officio
  2. Arc L. E. C. Madu, fnia                      -           Ex-Officio


It is in view of the foregoing that we invite you to identify with this noble initiative of the General Assembly by complying with the existing laws of the Country on procurement of architectural consultancy services as provided for in the ARCON Act. This way, you will be acting in agreement with the transformation agenda of the Federal Government towards the improvement of the quality of delivery of building construction in the country and a positive effect on the welfare of the millions of Nigerians who are participants in this highly dynamic economic sector.



Arc Abdullahi Shime Abubakar, fnia

Hon General Secretary