This dispute between the ARCON and the NIA and the attempt thereafter to amend inhouse electoral laws may not be unconnected with the recent move by some architects who have gone ahead to establish and incorporate with the Corporate Affairs Commission, a new body of Nigerian architects registered as “Association of Nigerian Chartered Architects“.
Archfiler.com has been able to obtain the new Association’s constitution, and information reaching us from a source within the association indicates that as is the practice, the newly registered body would begin press releases in some of Nigeria’s daily newspapers sometime this week.
The Question therefore becomes of morality, Law and Legalities.
Faced with legal complications in the fight to resolve its issues with the ARCON, as our sources say, the NIA may need to decide if it is right to tamper with its electoral laws in a bid to prevent the outcome of an established electoral procedure, while it continues at the same time and on the other hand to press the courts to uphold legalities in its own case with the ARCON
Moreover, the new ‘Association of Nigerian Chartered Architects’ will also in its own due, be faced with issues of government regulation and recognition by the ARCON Act, as the Act only recognizes “the Institute”.
As a pointer also, popular opinion indicates that in the absence of either legal recognition by the ARCON Act or affiliation with the NIA, the new association may only be able to function as a registered company or an unofficial gathering of Nigerian architects.
Sadly, and in the midst of all these unfortunate developments, the generality of Nigerian architects though optimistic, still do not know what direction the profession is taking as regards the architects’ register, representations and regulations.