Former Minister of the FCT, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai
Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has admonished professionals in the country to uphold the tenets of professionalism and service for the nation to rely on their expert advice and professional judgement.
Speaking at the Induction ceremony for the admission of new Associates into the professional cadre of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) in Abuja recently, El-Rufai charged the inductees to “ensure that they distinguish themselves and always give clients value for money.”
The ex-Minister who spoke through one of his Senior Special Assistant during his reign as FCT Minister, Mr. Martins Akumazi, disclosed that the problem with the Nigerian professionals was their disposition towards money rather than creating a niche for themselves by building a brand around integrity and professionalism, two things he claims would always attract money if not in the interim, definitely on the long run.
El-Rufai, who spoke on: ‘The roles of Real Estate Professionals in Nation Building’, urged them to be patient, dedicated to their professional callings and also to ensure they are always in tune with agreed principles of correct moral conduct. He also urged them to eschew anything pertaining to professional misconduct and dishonesty while carrying out their professional services.
He urged the inducted Associates to build their profession around good name which he said was more sustainable than money, which would always follow anyone that has the quality of integrity expressed by good name. He also enjoined them to be forthright in their dealings with clients and colleagues in their day to day activities.
In her key note address at the ceremony, the Minister of Lands,
Housing and Urban Development Ms. Ama Pepple represented by a Deputy Director in the Ministry, Sir GTN Tanbasi challenged the professionals in the country to always upgrade themselves and ensure they understood the issues about their profession.
She stated that as it was impossible for a nation to develop beyond the level of her citizen’s educational attainment, it was equally practical to conclude that a nation may not rise beyond the level of professionalism acquired by her citizens.
She urged them to see themselves as very important stakeholders in the quest for nation building, adding that as real estate practitioners, the nation expected them to provide veritable solution to the issue of housing.
She said now that their voices could be heard as professionals, they should not hesitate to make their input known as professional members of the Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers.
The induction ceremony which took place at Ladi Kwali Hall, Sheraton Hotel, Abuja under the chairmanship of Mr. A. G. Songosanya, the chairman of Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Board Of Nigeria (ESVARBON), drew a number of professionals within and outside the Estate surveying and Valuation precinct.
The president of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and
Valuers, Mr. Emeka Eleh who administered the oath of office and the induction sacramental assisted by members of his management Committee, was enthusiastic that professionals in the country have the where withal in terms of skill and competencies to meet up with global standards when called upon to render their professional service.
The Chairman of the planning committee for the induction, Otunba Victor Ayeye who is also the Honorary Publicity secretary of the Institution, expressed satisfaction at the outcome of the ceremony.
When pressed further to assess the ceremony generally, he disclosed that ‘’it was a huge success considering the fact that this is the first time the Institution would be organising an exclusive programme for the induction of her newly elected Associates”.
He commended the President and the council of the Institution for their creativity in allowing the initiative to see the light of the day. He said it was a big risk the management took in having the programme outside of the national conference where he said less than Thirty minutes is devoted to an important programme of that magnitude.