Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum has directed a scholarship for about 100 indigenes of Borno to study Quantity Surveying in different institutions across the country.
Zulum gave the directive on Wednesday while declaring open a two days workshop organised by the Nigerian Institute Of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS) with the theme “Resources Schedule For Inclusive Development Of The Construction Industry.”
The Governor has directed the 27 Local Government Chairmen to immediately submit a list of 3 indigenes each of theirs.
“The Chairmen of the 27 LGAs are directed to submit 3 names from the less privileged members of their communities for immediate sponsorship.” Zulum said.
Zulum’s approval was to address the increasing demand for Quantity Surveyors in the State. Borno was reported to have only 9 registered Surveyors, which is grossly inadequate in the face of ongoing reconstruction and rehabilitation.
“When I received the President of the Institute yesterday in my office, I was made to know that we only have 9 registered Quantity Surveyors in Borno State. We cannot allow this to continue.” Zulum declared.
In his remarks, the President of the Nigerian Institute Of Quantity Surveyors, QS Mohammed Abba Tor said, the choice of Borno for hosting the workshop is to recognise the tremendous infrastructural projects embarked upon by the Zulum’s administration in the last two years.
The President also expressed gratitude to Governor Babagana Umara Zulum for hosting the event at the multipurpose hall of the Government House, he said, first by any Governor in NIQS’ history.