Surveyors vow to deepen national development, target informal sector
• Makinde to commission Moniya-Iseyin road today
• Plans to set up anti-open grazing task force soon
The Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS) has said that it is set to further deepen its contribution to national development through a new initiative that targets the informal sector to put the country on the trajectory of acceleration.
The NIQS President, Abba Tor, stated this at a zonal workshop held at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan (UI) in Ibadan.
Tor, represented by NIQS Secretary, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Mrs. Aderonke Oyelami, said the body would continue to play its role to ensure optimal sustainable national growth and development.
MEANWHILE, Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde, represented by the Commissioner, Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Prof. Dahud Kehinde Shangodoyin, at the workshop, said the 65-kilometre Moniya-Iseyin road would be commissioned today.
The governor said the road was constructed with the lowest cost, making use of the alternative funding approach.
Makinde said the road, in which the quantity surveyors played a vital role, would ease transport snarl and integrate rural areas to Ibadan.
In another development, Makinde has said that his administration will within the next six to eight weeks launch a task force to implement the ban on open grazing in the state.
Makinde, who stated this in Ogbomoso during a town hall meeting in commemoration of the second anniversary of the government-held at the Soun Ogunlola Hall, Oja-Igbo, Ogbomoso, said that open grazing is illegal in the state.
He said that the government would continually engage the people in the budget process, adding that a team that will collate data is expected to embark on consultations with the communities soon.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the governor as also assuring the people that his government would soon create an alternative road to the Ibadan-Oyo-Ogbomoso Expressway, a federal road, which he said, had been under construction for too long.
He said: ‘’In Oyo State, open grazing is against the law. The implementation plan will come out within the next six to eight weeks. So, to my brother from Oriire, who spoke about open grazing, the task force will not be for Oriire alone, it will cut across Oyo State.
“So, whoever goes against the law in this state will face the wrath of the law.”