For a long time, since the independence of the country, some highly placed and well-meaning Nigerians identified the need for the creation of a unified body of professionals to render advise to government on national policy issues. On matters of business, commerce, industry and labour, the opinions of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), the Manufacturers Association of Nigerian (MAN) and the National Employers Consultative Association (NECA) are frequently sought by Government before major policy decisions are taken or implementation made. There has been no parallel national body or association embracing various professional organizations in Nigeria, which can be called upon by Government to advise it. Consequently, when policy matters of national importance are to be made, Government either neglects to seek consultations or turns to a few known individuals whose views may not necessarily reflect those of the various Professional Institutions. Yet, we all know that the soundness of a policy depends largely on the quality and integrity of the advice on which it is formulated. The initiative to bridge this gap brought about the body of Professionals. Hence, the evolution of APBN.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) has urged professionals in the construction sector of the country to live up to its responsibility and arrest the tide of building collapse. (more…)