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Sanwo-Olu pledges partnership with real estate professionals

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Governor elect of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu. PHOTO: Twitter/jidesanwoolu

In a bid to promote professionalism, the Governor elect of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has assured estate surveyors of government’s readiness to utilise their expertise in executing its policies and programmes.

Sanwo-Olu charged them to work with government by giving positive feedbacks/responses that would engender growth and development of the housing sector and the state economy at large.

The governor elect spoke at the 13th Honours Night titled, Promoting professionalism in the city of Lagos, organised by the Lagos State branch of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV).

He posited that the role of government is to ensure that the private sector do well and provide them with the right opportunity to thrive, especially in the age of global competitiveness, where people needs to think globally but act locally.

He said: “Our government will work with you; place you in the right place and proper channel so that we will continue to engage ourselves. Just before now, we have discussed issues of land use charge and how we can bring about positive engagement. We will ensure that the stakeholders come together to achieve a position that is enduring and lasting for all.

“We will be knocking on your doors, to give expertise to all our initiatives and programmes in your industry. I will be expecting positive feedbacks and responses that could bring about development and growth that we are really proud of. Lagos is the heartbeat of Nigeria and by extension, the heartbeat of the institute where the real estate/property market and development all congregate and so all of you needs to be truly proud of Lagos”.

The chairman of the occasion, Chief Wonuola Folami, a former attorney general of Lagos state, want the institution to show interest in the management of national heritage and properties.

She said, “Most of our cities, including Lagos require redevelopment. The current degeneration of essential part of Lagos, the Island should be a matter of interest. NIESV should partner with government because it’s important to preserve our history. I advise that the government should also consider the institution in the area of property taxes and better involvement of the institution in policies.”

Earlier, Lagos branch chairman, Mr. Olurogba Orimalade had condemned the present administration’s non-recognition of its input in policies and programmes.

According to him, the practice of government agencies and the state’s house of assembly sending proposed bills to the organisation few days before passing such bills into law is not acceptable and fall short of global best practice.

Orimalade explained that all over the world, before government comes up with policies, especially regarding the real estate industry, key professionals are usually consulted.


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