The Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) has called on its members around the country to show commitment to the ethics and value of the profession.
The president of the Institution, Sir Rowland Abonta, made this known when speaking to the first National Council of the Institution for the 2018/2019 session.
He explained that the council is the decision making body of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, that the council meets from time to renew the activities of the institution and come up with policies from the area of their practice.
Mr Roland emphasized that the state of housing is still lacking in different ways particularly in terms of adequacy, the Nigerian populace do not have the required housing that is necessary for the nation’s citizens and so there is a gap to be covered in housing which needs to be done now.
“The institution is at the forefront for the advocacy for housing, we have participant in the formulation of housing policy that Nigeria has ever had. We have also been given constant advice to the government on the best approach to solve the housing need of the Nation.
“Our members are active developers of the government housing policies”, he said.
Speaking further he reiterated, that “In the building profession we take it seriously because the people who misrepresent us, who do the work that they are not supposed to do, are dominant in the housing sector. So we are making strong efforts to curb their activities, and it will be possible eradicate their activities to the barest minimum through advocacy, letting people know who to go to when they are in need of housing service, so we are making every effort to curtail their activities through NIESV”.
According to him, the main thrust of the Nigeria Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers is to bring those who studied the profession but are not actually qualified as professionals, retrain and certify them to enable them practice the issues of the agency in the right way.
He further revealed that the agency is also open to other professionals who are engaged in the field through the Association of Estate Agency of Nigeria to have them trained and regulated, to have them controlled in order to reduce the menace that brings bad name to the institution.
He further emphasized the need for closer collaborations between institutions and governance to reduce the incidence of collapsed building, re-stating the need for state governments to create a position of valuer-general in each state to reduce the incidences of collapsed buildings.
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