The Surveyors Council of Nigeria (SURCON), at its 2018 induction ceremony recently in Abuja formally confirmed 267 new surveyors as professionals that are qualified to practice within and outside the country.
In his goodwill message at the ceremony, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who was represented by the Minister of State II, Suleiman Hassan congratulated the inductees for making it as members of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors.
Fashola urged them to strictly abide by the standards of the profession they had chosen to pursue. He said, “I urge you, as you collect your certificates today, go and practice professionally, knowing that this government, more than never before, believes so much in the contribution of professionals so that it can bring about desired infrastructural development.
“The Federal Government has invested seriously in infrastructure. In the real sector alone, we have made the commitment of about N2.7tn. Commitments have been made in sectors like agriculture, mining and roads, among others.
“If you believe in the ability of this profession to contribute to the economic growth of this country, you have to identify where you belong. You already have the basic training and have been certified for that. All you need is to put the knowledge into practice in line with professional standards. I congratulate you all.”
Earlier in his address, the president of SURCON, Joseph Agbenla, noted that with the 267 newly inducted members, the number of registered surveyors in the country had increased to 3,627.
Agbenla charged the inductees to uphold the ethics of the profession and stressed that anyone found wanting in the course of practice would have his or her certificate, which remains a property of SURCON, withdrawn.
“I am highly confident that you will always remember that the seal and the certificate you are all having today belong to the Surveyors Council of Nigeria and may be recalled by the council if your professional conduct contradicts the rules, regulations and ethics of the surveying profession,” he said.
The Surveyor-General of the Federation Ebisintei Awudu, advised the inductees to keep building their capacity and ensure that their practice add more value to the profession. Surveyors should try to improve their skills in order to adequately understand how to use the tools provided by the office of the Surveyor General of the Federation.
Awudu stated, “By the constitution of Nigeria, the OSGOF is principally mandated to do cadastral, geological and several other types of surveys. So try and improve your capacity on these aspects.
“At the OSGOF, we are working to ensure that our constitutional mandate is carried out at its best. We are working to ensure that we have some unmanned aerial systems to make information gathering easier as a way out of the challenge of poor visibility and to establish more core stations.”