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Landed Properties: Surveyors warn Nigerians against quacks

Some Nigerian Surveyors at Work

*Surveyor Waheed Lamidi, Chairman of Nigerian Institution of Surveyors, Oyo State Chapter, says the NIS has evolved measures to tackle quackery, advising the general public to always engage the services of qualified surveyors

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS), Oyo State Chapter, has urged Nigerian properties investors to stop patronising quacks in order to tackle menace of land grabbing.

Surveyor Waheed Lamidi, Chairman of NIS Oyo State Chapter, made this call at an event organised to mark the 2023 Global Surveyors’ Day, Tuesday, March 21, 2023, in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, agency report said.

The Global Surveyors’ Day celebration, which started in 2018, holds annually March 21, to celebrate the impacts of surveyors worldwide, and to bring to the front burner developmental issues underpinned by the profession.

Lamidi also said that the NIS had put in measures to fight quackery while advising the general public to always engage the services of qualified surveyors.

He also stated that all registered surveyors have unique membership practising numbers that distinguish a genuine surveyor from an unqualified one.

Lamidi urged citizens to always verify with registered surveyors whenever they want to do anything partaining to land.

The NIS State Chairman said: “We want people to be aware of the importance of carrying out a genuine survey on their land because without survey, there is no way government can plan well for the citizens.

“Members of the public should be watchful such that they will not patronise quacks, anybody that is not license by the Surveyors’ Council of Nigeria is a quack in the profession.”

He, therefore, appealed to the traditional rulers who oversee lands in their various domain in the state to cooperate, collaborate and patronise only registered surveyors to drastically reduce the issues of land grabbing.

Lamidi further urged the members of the NIS both in public and private practice in the state to embrace and apply professional ethics in order

to protect the good image of the profession.

Speaking on the occasion, Surveyor Olatunji Egberinde, Chairman, Association of the Private Practising Surveyors of Nigeria (APPSN), Oyo State, said that surveying remains the bedrock of meaningful development of any nation.

Egberinde reportedly stated: “Citizens could only ascertain that a land is free from government acquisition, ascertain the size of the land, and carry out a survey plan that has record copy by engaging the services of genuine surveyors.”

The professional also enjoined surveyors to upgrade themselves with modern tools in line with evolving technology and innovations so as to be able to deliver a globally acceptable services.

Mr. Emmanuel Olayiwola, Oyo State Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban development, was quoted to have said that the Surveyors’ Day called for reflection on performance, especially in the area of overall development of the state.

Olayiwola, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs. Mofoluwake Adeniyi, said that surveyors remain strong pillars in the national development due to the relevance of the Geographic Information System (GIS) in all sectors of the nation.

The event as well featured the inauguration of the Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS).

The NIS explained the CORS enables surveyors to differentially correct static Global Positioning System (GPS) measurements.

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