The immediate past President of Nigeria Institute of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), ESV Olorogun James Omeru has called on the Federal Capital Territory Administration to effectively resolve the problems associated with conversion of residential areas to commercial areas instead of mapping out yearly penalties that would lure the staff into corruption.
In an interview with newsmen in Abuja recently, he said that the city is growing very fast as some of the challenges especially sustainability issues witnessed in Lagos are now becoming stark realities in Abuja.
He advocated the review of Abuja master plan to resolve lingering issues associated with slum settlement and city growth.
Omeru said available records show that Abuja is spilling over in terms of city management stressing that government is not proactive in addressing the issues of lack of infrastructure in satellite towns.
While seeking deliberate relocation of government offices to satellite towns, he stressed that the aim of property tax was to improve the lives of citizens since it’s a source of Internally Generated Revenue for the government.
Omeru further disclosed that the budget should address issues of satellite towns and slum settlement springing up in the territory for the betterment of the economy and general improvement of the country.
He said that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) target is a wake-up call on nations to entrench sustainability in all aspects of development including city development.
Omeru enjoined surveyors as foremost professionals in the built environment to guide the country towards sustainable city development adding that surveyors could reverse the faulty city development if given the conducive environment to operate.
He sought for the establishment of National Property Management Agency to manage seized properties from Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) saying that EFCC should concentrate on arrest and confiscation of properties and not superintending over seized properties.