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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Nigeria Adopts Global Standards for Interior Designers and Architects


'NIGERIA, yesterday, adopted the declaration of International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI), a global body that sets standards for industry operators.

Vice President Namadi Sambo, called for stronger partnership between professionals in the sector and government as he believed that it would help unlock enormous potentials in architecture and interior designs and enhancing the country’s drive towards sustainable growth.
Sambo also expressed that “a properly managed built environment would stimulate development.”

He charged the private sector to key into government’s aspiration to make housing affordable to all income earners.

IFI declaration contains a set of professional codes that architects and designers of countries subscribed to it are expected to imbibe while discharging their responsibilities. When the codes are religiously enforced, designers earn more trust from clients who are in turn compensated with improved services.

Reciting the declaration to Sambo and other participants, Caan said: “This is what we do; what we create and what we give… It is the difference we make and why we choose this noble profession.” She read the declaration, which covers expectations from designers as regards value, relevance, responsibility, culture, business, knowledge and identity before handing it over to Sambo.

Earlier, Caan, who alongside the Executive Board of IFI visited the country for the first time, lauded the Lagos State government for ongoing rehabilitation in the state. She, however, charged government to pay more attention to infrastructure and education, which she said, are critical to economic development. She also tasked local designers on originality of ideas.

Experts at the plenary called for the institution of necessary policies to deepen local content in the sector. Improved local participation, they said, would stop capital flight via importation of interior decorations, which they put at $6 billion yearly.'

Paraphrased from: The Guardian Nigeria

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