The Architectural Regulatory Council of Nigeria (ARCON), has warned the leadership of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to stop sending its graduands to teach in secondary or primary schools during their one year mandatory service as such practice has negatively affected their skills and quality at the end of the scheme..
It said instead, Architectural graduates should be sent to serve in firms where their skills would not only be tested and enhanced but that such opportunities will go a long way to preparing them for final qualifications and induction as full members of the profession..
ARCON is a professional body that sets standard and regulates all Architecture related courses in tertiary institutions in Nigeria. The body does not only approve courses leading to the study of architecture in the country, it is also saddled with the responsibility of mentoring young ones to be professionally qualified before preparing them for induction as qualified members due for professional practice in Nigeria.
ARCON President, Aliyu Umar, said the warning has become necessary to enable qualified architects to be exposed practically in their noble profession for the well being of the construction industry in the country.
Umar stated this in his message to ARCON 5th Induction Ceremony where about 130 new members were received in its fold. in Abuja.
The President stated that it was gratifying to know that till date, the body has registered 8 firms and inducted very qualified Nigerians capable of competing with their counterparts all over the world.
“As you can see today, we are inducting 130 new members into our folds, this has brought the total of qualified architects and members of ARCON to about 4,600, we are indeed very glad.’’