Surveyors task Nigerians on quacks, backdating of survey plans
Members of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS) have charged Nigerians to desist from indulging in backdating of survey plans and patronising fake and unregistered surveyors.
They also assured that the land surveyors’ regulatory body would not be deterred in arresting cases of complicity and compromise of its members, assuring that the body would continue to fish out bad eggs within its fold.
Chairman, Lagos State branch of the Institution, Adeleke Adeshina made the disclosure during a Town Hall meeting at the Palace of Elejinrin of Ejinrin Land, Oba Ishola Babatunde Balogun in Ikosi Ejinrin in Lagos.
The meeting with the people of Ejinrin and other stakeholders were part of activities marking the branch’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). The team also visited the Home of God’s Grace Orphanage in Agbowa where they donated several items to the orphanage home.
Expressing worries over the activities of quacks, Adeshina said it is important for members of the public to desist from patronising touts and impostors who would assure them of helping to backdate survey plans and other land documents.
NIS boss also identified low service fee as one of the reasons members of the public patronize fake surveyor , stressing that they should consider what they stand to lose at the end of it all.
He noted that no registered member of the association would ever promise to do such, as it was against the law and ethics of the profession.
He attributed the high number of fake survey plans in existence to the non-lodging of the record copies with relevant government agencies by these quacks.
The chairman further charged Lagosians to make conscious efforts to report suspected cases of fake surveys appropriately whenever they come across any , urging them to be cautious against the activities of quacks and unscrupulous elements parading themselves as professionals.
In the meeting, the immediate past Chairman of the Institution, Gbenga Alara said that the non lodgment of the record copy has been the most controversial issue in surveying in recent times.
According to him, “a surveyor must obtain a consent plan before he/she embark on a survey job and a lodgment permit for the record copy as well as apply for the pillar number and place before an authentic survey plan could be produced. All these tasks a fake surveyor would never undertake”
The issue of record copy is for the surveyors; the law stipulates that each surveyor submits to the ministry arecord copy of survey done within a month.
It is a duty bound for the surveyors to submit record copy, so when people say they didn’t see record copy, it means they have not consulted a surveyor or have consulted with quacks”, he said
In his response, Oba Ishola Babatunde Balogun described the surveying profession, as a noble one, which he said, was very important in the society.
While expressing his gratitude to the State chapter for educating and enlightening his subjects, he urged the public to always support professionals as they are the ones who can deliver on the job.