A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Prof. Maxwell Gidado has stated that to achieve an enduring prosperity, Nigeria has to restructure and embrace true federalism.
Prof. Gidado who was the Guest Speaker at the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS)’ 2018 Fellows’ investiture held in Abuja attributed the unwillingness of some sections of the political class to embrace the concept to wrong interpretation, adding that different people give different meanings to it which make them think that it is not in their own interest.
“When you restructure something, you only organise it in a way that makes it work better.
“In the case of Nigeria, it would mean, by implication, the reduction of the powers and roles of the federal government, which is now too centralised, as in Unitary system, and too overburdened, so that it focuses only on those matters best handled by the centre such as defence, immigration, customs and excise, foreign policy, aviation as well as setting and enforcing national standards on such internal matters as education, health and safety, etc.,” he explained.
Lamenting Nigeria’s dependence on only petroleum as her economic mainstay, Gidado advised that concerted effort be made to diversify the economy quickly, noting that the country faces imminent escalated economic crisis as advanced countries are making frantic efforts to invent battery powered vehicles as a measure against climate change in the near future, “meaning they will no longer need our crude oil”.
The guest speaker who was also one of the attorneys on the Nigerian team to the international court over Bakassi advised the public to take the issue of mapping and boundary demarcation which are done by surveyors very seriously in their building and construction plans, noting that Nigeria lost the case to Cameron because they presented a detailed map drawn from the office of Nigeria’s Surveyor-General back then, in which Bakasssi was outside Nigeria and inside the Cameroonian territory, thus dealing a great blow to the Nigerian defence.
Explaining whom a fellow of NIS is, the President of the institution, Surv. Akinloye Oyegbola said a fellow is like a remote member of the Executive Council (EXCO) of the institution such that they become part of the decision-making process by extension and can hold any of the executive positions.
Describing the road to becoming a fellow as a long and uneasy one, Oyegbola said, “Only few surveyors make it to that climax because they must be painstakingly screened overtime with reference to how hardworking they have been at their state and the national levels respectively, and be found to be ethically, morally and professionally upright in their practice.
“The ones being awarded the title here today are 24 who have been found to have upheld a high level of integrity in all their practices, meaning they can make good ambassadors of the institution.”
On his part, the Vice-President of NIS and Chairman, Board of Fellows, Surv. Bosun Ayinde while speaking to newsmen on the professional challenges said the profession has always faced many challenges.
“For instance, many people do not appreciate the importance of the profession in their lives, even as fundamental as it is in building and construction,” Ayinde said.
With the 24 new fellows added to the existing 343, NIS now has a total of 367 fellows across the country.
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