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‘Political interference contributing to dwindling professional fortunes’ 

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A former President, Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), Emeka Onuorah has blamed government’s interference for its dwindling professional fortunes. 

Speaking on “The Estate Surveyor and Valuer in Peril: Challenges and Prospects” at the 25th John Wood Ekpeyong memorial lecture and induction of 28 new fellows in Abuja, he listed other factors inhibiting the estate surveyors profession as inadequate regulation, poor academic tuition and inadequate number of qualified members.

Onuorah lamented that practitioners are in serious danger of professional irrelevance in Nigeria unless concerted efforts are taken to save the situation. 

He said a situation where government gives out job meant for its members to people in another professions is threatening its activities.

“They should not give out jobs meant for estate surveyors to someone who is not part of the profession. We are not happy that they are interfering negatively in some area of our competence. 

“It does not go well for the professional development of our members. The negative effect is our profession is threatened by these actions by government because they are giving out jobs meant for us to other people. Our membership is growing but our members do not have jobs to do. We want the right thing to be done.”

He explained that the institution is well placed to advance the housing delivery in the country if it is allowed to play the role that it is competent doing.

Onuorah, noted that despite disciplinary actions meted to members who had erred, sharp practices remain a problem to the survival of the profession.

Earlier NIESV President, Mr. Rowland Abonta, called on members to shun sharp practices by upholding the ethical standards of the profession.

The President said for about 50 years of NIESV existence as a professional body, it has made huge progress, but the gap between where it ought to be and where it is today is still very wide.


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