In order to achieve maximum efficiency in estate surveying business, Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria (ESVARBON) has enjoined Estate Surveyors and Valuers (ESV) to adopt the system of self-regulatory approach in their professional practice.
This was made known recently by the Chairman of Professional Practice Committee (PPC) and member of ESVARBON, Victor Alonge at a stakeholders’ conference in Lagos titled:“Estate Surveying and Valuation in Nigeria: Regulating the Profession for Public Good and Practitioners Development”.
According to Alonge, the adoption of such approach would enhance the reputation of members and take the professional services of surveying business to higher level, stressing that good standards and effective regulation work would be in sync with the aim of ESVARBON regulatory framework.
The estate surveyor expert added that the ESVARBON regulatory framework should reflect the dynamic and developing nature of the activities that are being undertaken by estate surveyors and valuers.
“It should inspire public confidence in the profession and promote greater access of estate surveyors and valuers to more job opportunities”’ Alonge said
In his comment, the chairman of ESVARBON, Olayinka Sonaike noted that the major onus of the board is to regulate and control the practice of estate surveying and valuation in every aspect of the profession, adding that the responsibility of the board is also to determine the level of standards of knowledge and skills that are required by persons seeking to become registered as estate surveyors and valuers.
According to Sonaike, the board would tackle every quackery and sharp practices in the practice of estate surveying and valuation.
He said: “These untoward practices in the practice of estate surveying and valuation will be bought down to the barest minimum and eventually eradicated.”
Commenting on the major challenges bedeviling the profession, the second vice president of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), Mr. Emma Wike said that negative public perception about the estate surveying and valuing practice poses major drawback to surveying profession in Nigeria.
He lamented that a lot of people despise the practitioners as estate agents , despite the fact that they do more than estate agency, noting that the present leadership of NIESV, is empowering the state chapters of the institution to embark on aggressive campaign with a view to working on its image.
According to him, “We are working towards improving the knowledge of government officials, as we have discovered that many government functionaries do not know much about us.”
Wike also lamented that many clients do not take advice from their estate surveyors, noting that this is greatly affecting value of their investments in a negative way.
He clamored for more collaboration and cooperation among members of the public, surveyors and government especially in resolving the challenge of lack of land data in the country.