|REPORT ON THE 2ND IQSK QUANTITY SURVEYORS AWARENESS WEEK, MONDAY 14TH MAY TO FRIDAY 18TH MAY 2012|
On Monday 14th May 2012, IQSK commenced its second Quantity Surveyors Awareness Week. The theme of the week was ‘Economic Governance and the Construction Industry.’
At 11.00am on Monday 14th May 2012, IQSK held a press conference with the Ministry of Public Works at the Sarova Panafric Hotel. The press conference was aimed at sensitizing the public on the IQSK Quantity Surveyors Awareness Week and the quantity surveying profession in Kenya. It highlighted the role of the Quantity Surveyor and their impact in the country’s professional industry. The IQSK Chairman, Qs. Rasugu Nyamboki, Qs. Harun Nyakundi (Chair AAK QS chapter) and Qs. Alfred Aluvaala as well as the Chief Quantity Surveyor Qs. Moses Nyakiongora were present at the press conference. Over thirty (30) media houses were present and the press conference was well covered. We would like to thanks NK Brothers for graciously sponsoring this press conference.
Tuesday 15th May 2012, was marked by the Institute publishing a Special Supplement in the Daily Nation which featured articles by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing, the BORAQS Chairman and the Chief Quantity Surveyor, Ministry of Public Works. The supplement received support from partner quantity surveying firms as well as manufacturers in the building and construction industry. It is important to acknowledge our partners Italbuild Imports Ltd, Cementers Ltd, Ink It Solutions Ltd and Pinkfoot Consult without whose support the supplement would not have been successfully published.
Additionally on Tuesday, IQSK held a one day CPD Seminar at the Sarova Panafric Hotel which was attended by seventy nine (79) members of the Institute. During the seminar, members were treated to sessions on Monetary Policy and its Effect on the Construction Industry; Government Invest Policy; Professional Image and Business Etiquette; and Interest Rates , Currency Fluctuations, Inflation and Project Financing. The speakers were drawn from various organizations including the IFC World Bank, Kenya Institute for Public Policy and Research (KIPPRA) and the Central Bank of Kenya. As a break from the modalities of the academic topics, Derek Bbanga an experienced trainer and speaker, entertained and enlightened participants on the power of soft, people and communication skills and portraying a good professional image, a topic crucial for any practising professional. The seminar was crowned by an evening cocktail which doubled as part of the Opening Ceremony. The cocktail held at the Sarova Panafric Hotel, was graced by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Works, Prof. John K. Lonyagapuo, CBS the Chief Guest. The seminar and cocktail were graciously sponsored by our long term partners, Basco Products (K) Ltd who coincidentally launched their newest paint product, Dura Coat Anti Bacterial Paint.
On the third day of the QS Awareness Week, Wednesday 16th May 2012, members of the Institute visited Precious Blood Girls Secondary School Riruta to give a careers talk. Qs. Jennifer Musyimi, Qs. Andrew Mandere and Qs. Peter Kariuki spoke to the girls on the requirements to study the Quantity Surveying course, employment opportunities in the QS profession and the benefits of joining the QS fraternity. Similar talks were also given on Tuesday, 22nd May 2012, by Qs. James Munene and Qs. Alfred Aluvaala at Lenana Boys High School and on Tuesday 8th May 2012, by Dr. Qs. Njeri Wachira-Towey, Qs. Elizabeth Njoroge and Qs. P. Njeru at Limuru Girls Secondary School.
Thursday, 17th May 2012 marked the Institute’s 17th Annual General Meeting where a new council was voted in to serve from 2012 to 2014. The AGM was held at Laico Regency Hotel, Nairobi courtesy of sponsorship from our partners Athi River Mining.
Finally, on Friday 18th May 2012, the Closing Ceremony which doubled up as a Chairman’s Mbuzi was held at Parklands Sports Club from 6.00pm. This informal, laid back event was aimed at giving all IQSK members and partners a chance to network. Members enjoyed themselves well into the night and it was guaranteed to be one mbuzi event not to be forgotten in a hurry!