Professionals have been cautioned not to run to politics because their skills are badly needed in the jobs they trained. Arusha regional commissioner Isidore Shirima said in the city last week that it was amazing many experts were abandoning their professions to vie for parliamentary seats. He said, when opening a meeting of architects and quantity surveyors that there was nothing wrong for them to become politicians but cautioned they were still needed in their jobs. "Do not leave your professional duties to go into politics", he told over 200 architects and quantity surveyors at the 15th Continuing Professional Development seminar. He said qualified experts were still needed in various sectors of the economy and that their meagre number would decrease if they turned to politics enmasse. He called on the architects and quantity surveyors to embrace the information and communication technology (ICT) to enhance their competitiveness in the job markets. "This is one of the sectors which cannot make any progress without going digital," he implored the experts during the one day seminar at the Corridor Spring Hotel in Arusha. He also called on them to adhere to professional ethics while discharging their duties, arguing that failure to abide by the set standards could lead to construction of poor quality structures. Mr.Shirima said the government was committed to giving every support it can to the architecture, quantity surveying and allied sectors in order to sustain the construction industry. Earlier the chairman of the Architects and Quantity Surveyors' Registration Board (AQSRB) Dr.Ambwene Mwakyusa admitted that the board was concerned by the falling professional standards. "Work ethics and professional standards have gone down. There is no doubt about that", he said, adding it was time experts in the sector became serious on addressing the anomaly. He, however,said it was not time for them to look for a scapegoat or Witch hunting on who is to blame but work together to rectify the situation by adhering to work ethics. AQSRB Registrar Abraham Maress said the board, which was established in 1998 with a skeleton staff, was now one of the recognised institutions in the construction sector and involved in many infrastructure development projects. He said currently it has four branches in the country; three being zonal offices and the fourth being the headquarters in Dar es Salaam. Further expansion is underway and would be implemented when funds are available.