By Jude Njoku
Mr Solomon Olusola Fatoki has been elected the new Chairman of the Lagos State branch of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, NIESV. Fatoki who leads an 11-man executive council of the Institution, pledged to complete the Branch’s Secretariat complex, opposite the Central Mosque, Alausa Ikeja within the next three months. According to him, the Branch requires about N15 million to put finishing touches to the property which is expected to house various organs and subsidiaries of the professional body.
Fatoki also promised to put together the third edition of Lagos International Housing Conference which could not hold last year due to some logistic bottlenecks. “We are already discussing with some stakeholders to ensure a successful conference. The conference is aimed at bringing stakeholders in the housing industry together for the purpose of finding solutions to our housing problems. It is also a way of showcasing our role as estate surveyors and valuers,’ he said.
The new NIESV chairman said his council will strengthen its relationship with the State Government to guarantee the job security of estate surveyors in government service as well as receive more government patronage for those in private practice.
He also promised to collaborate with other built environment professions and the organised private sector represented by the Lagos chamber of Commerce and Industry, LCCI and the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN.
Other members of the council include: Messrs Ibukun Jolayemi, Vice Chairman, Oladapo Ogunlewew, Secretary, Olusola Enitan, Publicity Secretary and Dotun Bamigbola, Assistant Secretary while Mrs Olabisi Demola-Alade is the Treasurer. Ex-officio members of the council are Col Olajide Olayinka, RTD, Messrs Muyiwa Aiyelagba, Olajire Dosunmu and Chima Emele. Also to serve in the new council is the immediate past chairman of the Branch, Mr Elias Ovesuor.