THE GOOD REPUTATION WE HAVE MADE IS ENOUGH TO SUSTAIN OUR GROWTH
His becoming an estate surveyor and valuer was divinely arranged, but hard-work, dedication and honesty have been the vehicle that have driven his career to the reputable position it has attained today. Rowland Abonta, Managing Partner, Rowland Abonta & Co is one person that knew what he wanted in life and he has consistently pursued it.
On how his career journey started, the 2nd National Vice President of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers said: “I came from a humble background and I am one of those who did not have the privilege of career counselling. I was brought into this profession by God’s divine arrangement. One of the things that happened to me while I was working with NNPC as a Transport Clerk in Port Harcourt after my secondary school education made me very determined to acquire university education so that I could become a manager. I started seeking admission without knowing the course I was going to study. I went to the then newly established University of Science and Technology Port Harcourt (1980) to make enquiry on admission, and by divine agenda I just went into the Faculty of Environmental Sciences buildings and I was reading what was inscribed on door posts. I saw Architecture, I saw Quantity Surveying, I saw Town Planning, but all these could not make any meaning to me until I got to a door where Estate Management was inscribed and I was drawn to the word management because my interest was in becoming a manager. Looking back, I believe it was God that guided me while it was my desire to become a manager that made me apply to study estate management. I later got to know what the course entailed and started falling in love with it as my education progressed. Today I have no reason to regret the path God chose for me.’’
Equipped with a Bachelor’s degree in Estate Management, Rowland Abonta started his career in 1985 as a Higher Estate Officer in the Niger State Housing Corporation where he worked diligently and rose to the position of a Principal Estate officer before he resigned in 1992 to join the state’s primary mortgage institution, Niger House Building Society Ltd as Manager (Real Estate & Mortgages). He offered his service at the institution from 1992 to 1997 when he resigned from the public sector to set up his private practice, Rowland Abonta & Co, an estate surveying and valuation firm. What the firm has achieved in its eighteen years of corporate existence bears credence to the doggedness and astute management approach of its managing partner.
Explaining the principles that have sustained the company, the hardworking estate surveyor and valuer said; ‘’I got Interested in the activities of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers during my undergraduate years, and I got to understand that the motto of this body is honesty and devotion. I imbibed these key principles since then and they have been our sustenance factor. I have been totally dedicated to this profession and I have been honest in my dealings with our clients. Over time, people have gotten to know what Rowland Abonta & Co stands for, that is why in recent times the firm have been getting most of its new clients by referrals from those we have served in the past and other quarters. We are surely not making all the money, but the good reputation we have made is enough to sustain our gradual growth. Another factor that is helping us is our financial discipline; we only make our plans on what belongs to this firm while our clients’ money are set aside”.
Apart from nurturing his career, Rowland Abonta has been playing active roles in the affairs of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and valuers. He had served as the Secretary of the Niger State Branch of NIESV and in 2006, he was elected as the chairman of the Institution for the FCT Abuja branch, a position he occupied till 2008 when he moved up to the body’s National Council where he was elected as the Assistant National Secretary, and he later became the National Secretary of the body. An apostle of professionalism, Rowland Abonta was elected as NIESV’s 2nd National Vice President in 2014.
Proud of his profession, the dedicated professional opined that the practice of the profession is being dent.