…says they are not represented in Buhari’s cabinet
Yemisi Ajayi ,Ibadan
The professional body of the Nigeria Institute of Estate surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) has decried the non-recognition and non-involvement of its members in national matters.
The president NIESV, Sir Rowland Abona disclosed this during the National Continuing Professional Development Programme of NIESV in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the profession in Nigeria on Thursday in Ibadan
While stressing on the theme, tagged ” The making and relevance of Estate Surveyors and Valuers in National Development”.
Abonta said that Nigeria should be at the fore-front of national matters but it disheartening to note that the recent cabinet established by President Mohammadu Buhari had no estate surveyor on board.
“About 50 years ago, Estate Surveyors and Valuers performed various roles in the post war physical and economic reconstruction of our nation. But the story has changed. We are still trying to convince the government and the people of Nigeria on the same functions we have been performing over 50years ago”.
“We wonder why we are not given the rightful place of importance in the scheme of things in our nation. Just recently, 43 ministers were appointed with no estate surveyor and valuer in the list. Yet, we have that professional body in the centre of all economic activities in Nigeria.”
Abonta, however said that the polarisation of the profession by the members themselves pose a threat to the institution.
He therefore called on all members to jettison fight and division amidst them and embrace cooperation, unity of purpose and focus to bring back the old glory of the profession.
In his remarks, the chairman of the session, ESV (Elder) Biodun Odeleye pointed out that “it is time to do some stock-taking, launch into the deep for a bumper harvest and propel the profession to higher pedestals, through renewed vigour, improved focus and better visioning for a brighter and more promising future towards better legacies, set firmly on higher grounds”.
Giving suggestions that can improve the institution, Odeleye noted that quality leadership, rebranding of the profession, prioritizing research and development programmer as well as encouragement of capacity building skills, collaboration among members will prepare better grounds for the profession.
He encouraged all members of the institution to allow integrity and excellence be thirdly major drive in the profession.
The lead speaker, ESV. Prof. B. T. Aluko while giving his address, admonished the young professionals not to focus on material gains but ensure that the ethics of the profession is upheld and promoted.
He charged all to be involved in corporate social responsibility which is a part of projecting the image of the profession.