Kasim Sumaina in Abuja
The Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) have charged its 292 newly inducted associate members to imbibe professionalism in the practice of real estate business.
The President of NIESV, Dr. Bolarinde Patunola-Ajayi, made the call yesterday in Abuja at the 2017 Associatesâ€™ Induction Ceremony of the institution.
He noted that the induction of new members was to beef up the needed number of estate surveyors and valuers providing real estate services in Nigeria.
According to him, â€œpresently we have about 5,000 members serving over 180 million people in the country and that necessitated our eagerness to have more members to render real estate services.
He urged the inductees to uphold the constitution and code of ethics of the institution, adding that the various divisions available constitute areas of specialisation in NIESV.
Patunola-Ajayi explained that, â€œit is not possible for an individual to be an expert in all the 15 divisions, so you are advised to choose a maximum of four as desired for practices.
â€œYou are required to further develop your expertise in your chosen division and be informed that, as a specialist, your training and retraining in your chosen division is continuous,â€ he said.
Similarly, the Guest Speaker at the induction ceremony, Hajia Fatima Olowokure, said the induction was a call for greater responsibilities and urged the inductees to remain focus in the practice of the profession.
Olowokure urged the inductees do all they could to sustain and survive in the higher level they have attained adding that, high ethical standards, integrity and professional credibility were paramount.
She said: â€œHard work and professionalism were other important prerequisites for excellence in real estate practice in the country.â€
Mrs. Chioma Wogu-Ogbonna, who spoke on behalf the inductees, commended the executive members of NIESV for the induction. She however pledged that the inductees would put in their best to project the image of the institution by ensuring adherence to the code of ethics of the profession.