Professionals under the auspices of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS), Ogun State branch, has called on the state government and residents, to engage their members in private practice as consultants for the assessment, valuation and payment of compensation of compulsory acquisition property and other core areas of their practice as being done in other states of the federation.
The NIS’ state Chairman, Surveyor Ademola Adebowale stated this during a-day Sensitization/Town Hall to the palace of Olu of Siun, Oba Lawrence Oyeyinka, identified these among other pressing issues affecting the practice of the profession in the State.
He said that it is imperative before purchasing/selling land, to have professional survey the area, saying the land survey tells you the genuineness of the land and a lot about the property.
“Indeed, without a land survey, you can’t make informed decisions that will help you understand that the property offers, and its full value, and the cost of consulting a registered surveyor over land is by far cheaper compare to what you loose when you are eventually scammed over that land transaction, please, be wise, engage a registered surveyor, so as to avoid embarrassment, loose of land and other property”, he said.
He added that a genuine surveyor must have a seal and registered stamps of operation in the course of their jobs, hinted the residents needs to look out for peculiar pillar numbers to registered surveyors for verification of such land before buying or selling.
Also, speaking, a member of Association of Practicing Surveyors of Nigeria (APSN), Surveyor Kayode Adekoya, urged the residents to always make an enquiry from a genuine surveyors before engaging in buying and selling of land, saying that survey plans date and other landed documents must not be backdated or doctored for any prospective clients.
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In his early remarks, the Olu of Siun, Oba Lawrence Adisa Oyeyinka charged the NIS to intensify campaigns against quackery, describing the profession as a noble, which they shouldn’t allow any quackery actions to tarnish their image and integrity.
The monarch advised them to work professionally and shun sharp practices that could bring the professional into disrupt, saying that Siun kingdom is ready to work hand in glove, especially in the area of campaigning against shady practices and quackery.