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Surveyors move to checkmate quacks

Estate Surveyors & Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria (ESVABON) has commenced moves along with relevant law enforcement agencies aimed at checkmating activities of quacks in the profession.

Chairman of the board, Mr Ayodele Sangosanya, stated this during the induction of newly registered estate surveyors and valuers, recently, in Lagos, adding that the board is currently in court with some quacks who have infiltrated the practice without the requisite skill and training .

He however noted that small ratio of the total number of registered surveyors in the country, now 2,679, compared to the population of about 140 million people has made the task of sanitising the profession very difficult.

“To achieve adequate coverage of the citizenry, in conjunction with the Nigeria Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, we have set up a committee to work out modalities of accelerating the registration of estate surveyors and valuers in Nigeria.” He advised the inductees to know that the stamps, seals and certificates awarded to them remain the properties of the Board and that it reserves the right to withdraw these items at any time if abused.

“The rules and regulations of the board should be the guide of any estate surveyor and valuer and their violation will not be tolerated. Therefore, the ethics and ethos of the profession should be carefully guarded by all and sundry. May I emphasize at this juncture that integrity is the hallmark of success of every professional, so it should be consciously protected with the fear of God,” he said.

Sangosanya charged the new entrants to abide by the ethics and ethos of the profession and to guard jealously the use of their stamps, seals and certificates, as the board would stop at nothing to withdraw such from any one who violates the rules and regulations guiding their practice.

In his remarks at the event, President, Nigeria Institution of Estate Surveyors & Valuers (NIESV), Mr Bode Adediji, lamented that the ‘rent seeking mentality’ exemplified by quackery operations contribute in no small measures in exacerbating the gap between the rich and the poor. He warned the new inductees not to concentrate on estate agency in the crude form of it as practised by quacks as it will add to the housing crisis in the country.

He rather urged them to function as full-fledged consultants, embracing areas of core competences for the profession such as development, construction, project management, valuation, investment studies and facility management.


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