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Built environment professionals have been urged to rise against quackery by those, who always take advantage of pervasive ignorance in the populace to corner jobs meant for consultants.

Besides, they were urged to work together as consultants to form consortium to compete for ongoing mega projects in the midst of current economic realities.

The calls were made by Professional Development Training Workshops of Association of Town Planning Consultants of Nigeria (ATOPCON), Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), Valuation and Compensation committee and Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB). The associations are honing their members on how to imbibe international best practice.

Managing Director, JIMS Partnership, Mr. Olujide Oke, while speaking on maximising potential of planning practice, advised that encroachment should be discouraged by consultants so as to maintain mutual respect, trust and unity in built environment.

He said: “We should value each other’s core competencies within the industry rather than veering into other professionals’ areas.” President of ATOPCON, Olaide Afolabi, said the training presented an opportunity for members to share fresh ideas, discuss issues and challenges they have been facing in the profession, adding that it would also help them learn from one another’s experience and skills.

Besides, he said it would help them explore potential in professional practice, client’s relations, maximising their potential and review the influence of others.President, Town Planners Registration Council (TOPREC), Professor Layi Egunjobi, urged participants to put gains of the training into use.

Second Vice President of NITP, Mr Lekwa Ezutah, stated that lack of expertise, inadequate personnel to train employees, need for fresh ideas, advocacy were part of the reasons clients need planners. On marketing strategies for growing and retention of clients, he mentioned some necessary skills for planning practice, adding that there was need for practitioners to grow clientele through networking.

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