To curb quackery, interior designers under the Interior Designers Association of Nigeria (IDAN) applied for a license from the Federal Government to regularize the trade.
The group, at a town hall meeting in Abuja, noted that it was about bringing standards and policies to the profession and regulating its practice.
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The group’s founder, Titi Ogufere, said, “We need a voice for the professional to ensure that education and professionalism are rooted. The profession is so important because we contribute to the well-being of humanity by creating functional spaces for people.
IDAN President Jennifer Chukwujekwe said government recognition would enable professional certification processes for members.
“Everyone needs a nice place. Whether for work, play or living. Everyone deserves a beautiful lifestyle and space. So when you understand that it’s not just luxury, it will affect your well-being as a person,” Chukwujekwe said.
She added that another challenge they faced was the lack of good craftsmen as they relied on painters, plumbers, among others to bring the designers to life.
“So we have to figure out how to make them more skilled and more professional when they deal with us, because the truth is that our workforce is mostly craftsmen, so hopefully we’ll see how we can train them. “, she added.