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NIESV urges lawmakers to expunge Land Use Act from constitution

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The Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuer (NIESV) has demanded that the land Use Act be expunged from the constitution of Nigeria.

The institution said if that is done it would be a first step towards achieving the desired review of the Land Use Act of the country because as it is now obsolete. 

Speakers, who spoke in Calabar during the opening of the 50th Anniversary celebration and the 26th annual lecture series in honour of Late John Wood Ekpenyong, the First President of NIESV in Calabar at weekend said the Land Use Act of Nigeria as contained in the constitution of the country is archaic.

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NIESV President, Mr. Rowland Abonta noted that the theme of the Golden celebration is “Contemporary Real Estate Industry Crises: A threat to Nigeria’s Economic Growth and Development” and the issue of the provisions of the Land Use Act, as one of the impediments.

During its courtesy visit by the institution to the Obong of Calabar, Abonta said they have been advocating for the abrogation of the Land Use Act from the constitution. “We prefer the traditional institutions to manage and administer land and not state governors who have tenures. It is only he who knows where the land starts that can show its boundary.

“The Nigerian economy has grown beyond the current provisions of the Land Use Act. The first step is to remove the Land Use Act from the Constitution and after that, stakeholders should be invited to discuss and contribute ideas particularly the traditional institution on the way forward”.

He charged the traditional council of the Obong not to allow anybody to dictate to them who to appoint as their Attorney when it comes to the issue of compensation rather they should appoint a professional who is an estate surveyor and valuer to represent them.

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Responding, the representative of the Obong of Calabar, Etubom Traditional Council, Etubom Bassey Okor Bassey Duke, backed the call by NIESV that the Land Use Act be removed from the Constitution of Nigeria and commended the body for choosing Calabar as the venue to mark their 50th year of existence and for not allowing the name of their illustrious son, Late J. W. Ekpeyong to fade away.

The 50th-anniversary event witnessed the induction of 44 new fellows and a lecture delivered by the 19th president of the institution, Mr. Bode Adediji.

In a goodwill message, the Speaker of Cross River State House of Assembly, Hon. Eteng Williams, on behalf of Cross River State Governor, Senator Ben Ayade commended NIESV for upholding the ethics of the profession and urged NIESV to collaborate with the legislative to ensure that before a structure is erected in any location, it must have possessed certain requirements.

Commissioner of Lands and Housing in the state, Prof John Ofem Inyang in his message also lauded NIESV for choosing Calabar as the venue for its 50th anniversary and said it’s a special day for the Ministry of Land and Housing.

He said: “As a ministry, we are ready to partner with NIESV to ensure that we overcome the challenges of collapsed buildings as witnessed in Lagos and other parts of the country.”

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