Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria (ESVARBON) says it is out, more than ever before to tackle quacks in their professional practice in order to protect the interest of people looking for houses to rent or buy.
The body has also vowed to sanitise estate agency with a view to flushing out pseudo names in the profession.
Ayodele Sangosanya, ESVARBON chairman, says the focus of the board is to substantially reduce the nefarious activities of quacks by registering many more estate surveyors and valures in the country.
Sangosanya states this at the 31st induction ceremony for newly registered estate surveyors and valuers in Lagos recently.
He reveals that the board has put requisite machinery in place, in collaboration with the relevant law enforcement agencies, to check the spread of the pseudo practice and bring culprits to book, adding that the Board has instituted actions in court against quacks who would not heed its warning.
“It is hoped that the new inductees will go out to give a good account of themselves, and be good ambassadors of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers,” he says.
The chairman pledges the support of the Board for the steps being taken by the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, to revitalise the Housing and Urban Development Sector in formulating new national housing and urban development policies.
He says the Board is ready to offer whatever assistance the government would demand from them, adding that the Board also supports the Transformation Agenda of the Federal Government.
In her charge to the newly registered members, Claire Chizea, member, NIESV Board of trustees, that the sacred instrument which they had received entitled them to offer opinions on land matters in Nigeria
“You must ensure that you back up your opinions on land matters with appropriate survey and cognate data, which is fluid and subject to change, depending on a wide range of factors,” she advises.
Land, according to her, is the solid crust of the earth upon which almost all human activities take place, adding that it provides man with all his needs to recreate himself and his environment.
“Its ownership or possession is the most controversial matter in mother earth’s history, save perhaps women and power; it demands the highest integrity to administer it for current and future humanity and that is what you have today elected to do for the rest of your productive life,” she says.
Chizea further charges the inductees not to soil the integrity of their firms or that of profession by falling foul of the sacredness of this seal which they have now.
“If your name and that of the noble profession comes to ruination of any sort from your conduct, you destroy the future of our profession, generations yet unborn and consequently our country and the human race; be fully aware of the responsibility which you now bear,” she warns.