The Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) has promised to form strategic partnership with government in the areas of their practice.
NIESV President, Dr. Bolarinde Joshua Patunola-Ajayi, stated this during a reception luncheon of his investitures as the 22nd president of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors & Valuers, which held in Lagos recently.
According to the President of the Institution, “Nigeria is going through economic challenges and we shall collaborate with the Government to find solutions to those that are within our socio-economic, and professional purview.
“We shall work with the Government to render our professional services in the following areas: Housing policy formation, execution and management; Infrastructure concession and management including roads, ports, parks, tourist centers, etc; Land acquisition, compensation and administration; Valuation of Assets and Registration.
He said the Institution would also assist government in the creation of Estate Department in all Ministries and MDAs that do not have to ensure proper management of their properties and facilities.
They will also assist in the creation of Estate Surveyor and Valuer General Office at the National and State levels to handle enumeration and valuation of all properties in Nigeria, and to initiate policies on valuation, real estate, facilities management and land matters. This is crucial for Valuation of Assets of Government for implementation of Public Service Accounting Standard: To ensure adherence to code of conduct of the profession and discipline any erring member; to cooperate with the Government in ensuring payment of relevant tax on the properties under our management; to work with the Government to create jobs within our Professional practice and any other way possible; to collaborate to train estate surveyors and valuer’s in the public service for better performance and consult as Project Managers for Government projects for cost effectiveness and timely completion.
Patunola-Ajayi said the institution would focus on the welfare of members during his tenure, saying “The welfare of members is paramount, and this administration will continue to seek avenue for progress of members in the public and private practice as well as in the academia. This we shall strive to achieve by creating avenues for interactive with the groups to rob minds on the challenges and jointly work out solutions to them.”
This administration, he said “Is looking forward to a new Institution which will build on the achievements of the past ones. We know that there are a lot to do, and we shall work assiduously to raise the banner of progress in “upgrading of our website to enhance online transactions in all areas of our daily operation; build upon the achievement of previous administrations on databank project, and make it available to members for use; I appreciate the past administration in procurement of plots of land for us, and we shall be committed to building our secretariat in Abuja; we must all realise that the Estate Surveyors and Valuers, Registration Board of Nigeria is existing because of us to ensure our success in practice. We shall work with them to move the Institution forward, and protect our members business.
According to him, “We look forward to an institution where members comply with the code of conduct, and become a reference point all over the world; as a professional body, we need to present our services to the entire world, to understand where we can serve them. This administration desires to make NIESV a household name to place us in the heart of all.”
The president, who promised to take the Institution to an enviable height, said “Our members should be abreast of the laws that relate to the practice of Estate Surveying and Valuation services. Every practitioner must purchase the laws and go through them, wherever they need to meet their requirements. Some of their bodies include: FRCN, BPP, BPE, ITF, PENCOM, SEC, and others.”
There is an expertise of job proposal preparation that is necessary to comply with the advertisement or requirements, he said. “We shall engage the services of experts to train our members for additional knowledge in job sourcing.”
On professional code of conduct, he said “Good image is very essential in professional ratings of any profession. The perception of the public, and the clients, about our services is one of the strong yardsticks to determine the level of their patronage of our services. Professional negligence is a breach of the duty of care between the professionals and their clients. Our advocacy to members on professionalism will be intensive to ensure that we maintain the enviable standard required by the users of our services.