Wike is estate surveyors’ 24th President, launches agenda for transformation

Emma Wike


A five-pronged approach towards transforming and making its organisation the best professional-centric body has been launched by the new executive council of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV).

The initiatives, which the institution envisages will put it in the global map, fall into five categories. ONE: Aggressive drive for membership growth, TWO: Capacity building, THREE: Welfare improvement, FOUR: Advocacy and FIVE: Mediation and reconciliation.

The overall aim is to make the estate surveying and valuation profession more prominent, more visible, more impactful and indispensable in Nigeria and beyond, where the welfare of members will be paramount, and professionalism will be sufficiently rewarded.

The new NIESV President, Sir Emmanuel Wike who revealed the agenda at the weekend during his inauguration as the 24th president and chairman of the council in Abuja, said the event marks a new beginning, renewed commitment and a new spirit to uplift the institution.

However, Wike admitted that though the task ahead is enormous as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the problem is surmountable. “Rather than allowing the present challenges to intimidate or browbeat us into giving excuses, we would pursue creative and innovative programmes for professional and institutional transformation in the next two years.

“This is the time to dream big, time to aim high and assiduously work to achieve greater accomplishments. I firmly believe in our ability to successfully weather through the challenges and consolidate on the accomplishments of our past leaders,” he said.

Wike stressed that the institution will deliberately encourage probationer and graduate members to get elected into the professional membership grade with all necessary support and encouragement given to them on a continuous basis to initiate and conclude their elections within the shortest time possible, without compromising standards.

He said, the organisation will also undertake large amounts of research to push forward the boundaries of knowledge and frequently offer up policy challenges and solution, which can be tabled before relevant policymakers.

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