NIESV decries non-involvement in national issues
The Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) has decried the non-recognition and non-involvement of its members in national matters.
NIESV President, Sir Rowland Abonta, stated this at the National Continuing Professional Development Programme of the institution in Ibadan, Oyo State, to mark the 50th anniversary of the profession in Nigeria.
The anniversary was themed ‘The Making and Relevance of Estate Surveyors and Valuers in National Development’.
Abonta noted that a profession as important as estate surveying and valuation, which was instrumental in the post-war reconstruction of the country, should be at the forefront of national matters.
He said, “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 50 years 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.”
According to Abonta, the polarisation of the profession by the members themselves poses a threat to the institution.
He, therefore, called on members to jettison conflict and division among them and embrace unity of purpose and focus to bring back the profession’s old glory.
Chairman of the session, Biodun Odeleye, pointed out, “It is time to do some stock-taking, launch into the deep for a bumper harvest and propel the profession to higher pedestal, through renewed vigour, improved focus and better visioning for a brighter and more promising future towards better legacies set firmly on higher grounds.”
The lead speaker, Professor Bioye Aluko, called for rightful leadership and synergy among stakeholders, especially partnership between the academia and practice.
The professor of Estate Management at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, admonished young professionals not to focus on material gains but ensure that the ethics of the profession was upheld and promoted.
The don urged all to be involved in corporate social responsibility (CSR) to project the image of the profession.