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Nigeria’s building and construction industry continues to grow apace. It contributed up to ₦671 billion to the country’s GDP in the fourth quarter of 2019 alone. The sector’s expansion over the years has been driven by the rapid growth of Nigeria’s urban population.

But it has also been helped on by local construction companies that serve a client base spanning the length and breadth of Nigeria. Companies like Sapient Vendors.

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Sapient Vendors takes on projects in civil engineering, design and building, project management, and road construction. For over ten years, the firm has built structures for businesses in various industries, including telecoms, oil and gas, banking, maritime, and real estate, among others.

The company is headed by Walter Emiedafe, a project management professional with over 12 years of experience. He is an alumnus of Fate Foundation, and also a mentor at the Tony Elumelu Foundation. Others on the company’s team include Olalekan Ajani (ED, Team Lead Technical); Adebisi Adewuyi (ED, Team Lead Quantity Surveying); and Engineer Sam Aderemi (Head Engineering).

The Ibadan based company has thus far completed over 90 projects worth more than ₦400 million. This includes works in structural design drainage construction, location preparation, and foundation works. Others are mechanical and electrical service installation, interior fit-out, and refurbishments.

They offer a range of project management services as well: cost control, risk management, resource scheduling, change control, and documentation.

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Clients with whom Sapient Vendors have worked include MTN, MRS Oil, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Skye Bank (now Polaris Bank), AB Microfinance Bank, Olam Nigeria Plc, Nigeria Immigration Service, and several others. It’s also completed projects at private residences as well.

Potential clients can get a free consultation from Sapient Vendors. This embraces project specifications, estimated project budgets, and recommended solutions that should be deployed to successfully execute the project plan.

In recent years, Sapient Vendors has been recognized for the work it’s done. It was one of the Nigerian companies listed on the London Stock Exchange Group’s 2019 Companies to Inspire Africa report.   

Closer to the present time, it was named one of Nigeria’s Top 100 Emerging SMEs for 2019 by ConnectNigeria. It secured a place in the list after it received a significant number of votes from its supporters.

Sapient Vendors is aiming to expand its civil engineering and project management service provision. Its management team hopes that this will, in turn, improve the state of the building and construction industry in Nigeria.

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This article was first published on 24th May 2020


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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