ESVARBON inducts 197 newly registered members

 Babatunde Fashola

Babatunde Fashola

The board has announced plans to check the nefarious activities of quacks by registering many more qualified estate Surveyor and valuers and putting in place requisite machinery to curtail the spread of pseudo practices

Faced with the challenges of reducing the nefarious activities of quacks, the Federal government has called on members of the Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria (ESVARBON), to deploy innovations, information and communication technology in their operations.

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola made the call at the 37th Induction Ceremony for newly registered Estate Surveyors and Valuers (ESV) organised by ESVARBON was admitted into the Board.

Fashola noted that following the uncertainties in the global oil market and the resultant dwindling revenue in a mono-product economy like ours, Government has begun to diversify into new areas like solid minerals development, agriculture and other land related sectors adding that in order to effectively explore, develop and exploit these new and promising areas, the professional expertise of the Estate Surveyor and Valuer becomes imperative.

While commending members of the profession for their contribution to the progress and economic development of our great country, the minister urged the inductees  to read wide, get exposed to best practices in other climes and also use their professional expertise and managerial competence of their profession and others in the built environment to become increasingly relevant.

He said, “You must be good ambassadors of your profession and avoid activities and practices that are inimical to its growth and development.  The seal and certificate you will receive today is not a private property and can be withdrawn if you engage in unprofessional and criminal acts.  Let me also remind you that the present administration has zero tolerance for corruption and will expose law-breakers to the full force of the law.”

Represented by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, M. J. Magaji, the minister assured that the Ministry will continue to support and encourage the Board so that it can achieve its statutory mandate of regulating the Estate Surveying and Valuation practice in Nigeria and turning out intellectually sound men and women of integrity.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Board, Elder William Odudu, said that with the new inductees, ESVARBON now has 3920 registered members adding that 801 persons have been registered since he became chairman of the Board.

He reminded the inductees that the Seals and Certificates given to them are properties of The Board warning that the Board reserves the right them at any time if recklessly used.

Odudu who observed that the rules and regulations of the Board should be the guide of any registered estate surveyor, stated that integrity is the hallmark of success of every profession and enjoined the inductees to guard the ethics and ethos of the profession carefully.

He noted that the focus of the Board is to substantially reduce the nefarious activities of quacks by registering many more qualified surveyor in the country adding that the Board has put requisite machinery in place to check the spread of pseudo practices.

The chairman disclosed the Board has acquired land in Abuja to build its permanent office while it has made applications for land allocation for zonal offices in Lagos, Kano, Enugu, Port Harcourt, Ibadan and Yola.
He expressed the commitment of the Board support the progressive change being advocated by the present administration.

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