According to Section 7 (Registration of Architects), Sub-section 5c of the Law, a person shall be registered if he satisfies the Council (ARCON) “that he (applicant) has passed the Professional Practice Competence Examination conducted by the Institute (NIA).”
In the rejoinder, the Institute condemned ARCON’s directive saying, “the contents of the advert are mischievous, misleading and a contravention of the provisions of the above cited condition in the Law.”
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Also, Arc. Adeyinka Ogunseye while commenting on the development said in strong terms that “it will never be in the good interest of the institute should any of its members conspire with ARCON to usurp NIA powers” calling on the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola to wade into the matter by reaching out to both NIA and ARCON before impasse further escalates.
On his own part, the Chairman of the NIA, Lagos State Chapter, Arc. Fitzgerald Umah urged members to resolve all contending issues honourably in the best interest of the institute.
Meanwhile, at the meeting members supported a motion seeking to sell off a landed property acquired by the chapter with an initial aim of building an administrative structure for the chapter.
The agreement by members to sell off the property located at Ebutte-Metta area of Lagos came on grounds that, it was not befitting to the chapter, agreeing the land should be sold with the proceeds saved in fix deposit account till another befitting land will be acquired by the chapter.