President of the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria, Gabriel Ajayi, has urged the newly qualified architects, registered architectural technologists, and architectural firms to uphold the ethics of the profession to improve their capacity as professionals.
He said this during the induction of the newly qualified architects, registered architectural technologists and architectural firms held recently in Utako, Abuja.
Ajayi said, “Despite the strategic importance of architecture to nation-building, the profession has grappled with its challenges resulting in the ministerial directives to ARCON in 2022 to be an arbiter to the two warring associations: Nigerian Institute of Architects and Association of Nigerian Chartered Architects.”
He called on all architects in Nigeria to come together and set aside their differences to pursue the common goal of adding to the development agenda of this administration and subsequent ones.
Ajayi called on the inductees to adhere to professional standards, operate transparently, promote ethically, consider wider impacts, work diligently, handle finances with trust, comply with regulations, address issues judiciously, and show respect to fulfil these for professional fulfilment.
He noted that some of its achievements since 2017 included the verification exercise conducted on the September 2016, March and September 2017 NIAPPE, registration of more than 3,000 architects out of the 6,000 architects registered since the inception of the council, resolution of the issues associated with the HND degree holders; active participation and review of the curriculum for the study of architectural technology in the polytechnics.
Others included submission of the position of the council on the Faculty of Architecture and detailed benchmark for the study of architecture to include the expansion of the architecture family to encompass landscape, urban, and interior architects, recovery of ARCON land and construction of ARCON House in Abuja, and remodeling/rehabilitation of ARCON Office in Lagos.
Speaking, ARCON Registrar, Umar Murnai, urged the newly inducted architects, technologists, and firms to support the initiative and ensure it works in all states of the federation.
Murnai said APRN became necessary to protect architecture, the building industry, and the public. The initiative, which has been adopted at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, should be adopted by all MDAs, ministries, and agencies.
The Registrar, who lamented that the profession had not hit 10 per cent of its potential and mandate, however, assured architects in the country of unlimited opportunities for them in the country.
He said with the initiative, it had been difficult for unregistered architects to submit architectural drawings in Abuja.
On his part, the former Chairman of the Nigerian Institute of Architects, Lagos Chapter, Ladipo Lewis, said, “The role of the regulatory body is to give you your license and protect the public. Therefore, you cannot afford to toil with professional integrity. You can’t apply your seal on jobs you’re not responsible for.”