For Nigeria to significantly shore up its revenue, it must urgently activate platform to get all its landed property across the country registered, Sir Nweke, Umezuruike, the 14th Chairman of Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria (ESVARBON), has said.
Umezuruike made this assertion in his maiden interacting with the media last week in Lagos.
This came on the heels of final touches to getting the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen inaugurate a disciplinary tribunal for the registration body.
The chairman explained that the core function of the board sequel to the registration of persons was the enhancement and maintenance of sound and ethical professional standards in accordance with international best practices.
And as apart of the strategies to reduce quackery, ESVARBON, has pledged to increase the number of registered estate surveyors, having approved the admission of additional 98 members into its fold.
“As of today, the number is 4,450; another group of 98 was approved last week and every effort will be made to get more qualified candidates registered,” Umezuruike said.
He stated that the board was also working to increase the number of registered estate surveyors and valuers in the country.
Also, to boost the study of estate management in Nigeria tertiary institutions, ESVARBON, has re-accredited the University of Lagos; Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka; Abia State University, Uturu; Cross River University of Science and Technology, Calabar; Federal University of Technology, Minna; Bayero University, Kano; and Federal Polytechnic, Idah to continue with the teaching of the course.
Reacting to the Federal Government challenge for it to aid in generating land data, Umezuruike said both ESVARBON and the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) could do little, adding that, much of the work lies with the government.
According to him, there was need for the government to revival Presidential Task Force on Land Reform, saying: “If we want to be rich, all landed property must be registered.”
“When you are talking about land data, all parcels of land owned by whoever should be registered. But after the exit of Jonathan, nothing has been heard about that. The task force should be made active again. If we want to be rich, all landed property must be registered.”
Umezuruike, who pledged to enthrone ethical standards with its folds, appealed to public to bring to the board any infractions noticed among registered persons and ‘watch the board deal with such reports expeditiously.”
He stated that the core functions of the board is the enhancement and maintenance of sounds as well as ethical professional standard in accordance with international best practices.
He assured that in few weeks the CJN would be inaugurating a 14-member disciplinary tribunal that will deal with all cases on ethical breach.
On the re-accredited schools, Umezuruike said the accreditation was done periodically for a period of five years with visitations to the institutions to ensure maintenance of standards.
He stated, “About 19 universities and 24 polytechnics in Nigeria offering degree and diploma courses in estate management have been accredited. Approval was given only last week for the extension of accreditation to seven tertiary institutions.
“They had been accredited over the years, though that is not permanent. Usually, full accreditation is for a period of five years; it could be less if there are things lacking here and there. Accreditation visitations are carried out from time to time to maintain standards.”
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Author: Emmanuel Badejo