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Project planning critical to timely delivery of structures — Built expert



Mr Christopher Belonwu, National Secretary, Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON) has underscored the need for effective project planning in ensuring timely delivery of structures in the built industry.

Belonwu expressed this view at a Pre-induction Workshop organised by the council for its new inductees on Monday in Abuja.

According to him project planning involves all efforts made by the builder and project team to ensure an adequate planning for all the management knowledge areas.

He added that this also includes project management and schedule saying that those components were critical for timely and effective service delivery.

According to PMBOK, (Project Management Body of Knowledge) Project management is the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements.

Belonwu also noted that project schedule is only a part of project planning for managing time and critical for delivering projects on time.

The built expert further said that other considerations to be taken into cognisance in a project plan included communication with stakeholders, other professionals’ inputs, risk management as well as management of change on the project.

Similarly, Mr Aliyu Ova, in a talk urged the new inductees to always consider the health and safety of all persons concerned in the execution of any project plan.

Speaking on the topic “Project Health and Safety Plan’’, Ova noted that health and safety should count across the entire life circle of the project.

“The construction industry in general and the building sector in particular are notorious for their reputation in accidents and unpleasant incidences.

“Despite these problems the industry employs a handful of both unskilled and skilled people from broad spectrum of the society.

“As a result all subcontractors, visitors or consultants must adhere to the provision of site safety plan.

Ova, therefore, advised new inductees to observe all health and safety policies adding that “all accidents are avoidable and everyone is responsible for assisting with accident prevention at his or her own level on site.’’

Earlier, Prof. Kabir Bala, CORBON Chairman, commended the inductees for identifying with the council, saying that the initiative was a turning point in their professional advancement.

Bala said that the inductees would be licensed to practise once they were duly registered with the council.

He, therefore, advised them to be good ambassadors of the profession for better representation.

Nigeria News Agency reports that no fewer than 250 persons will be inducted into the council on Nov. 28, in Abuja.

Edited & Vetted By: Donald Ugwu

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