The President of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), ESV Rowland Enyinna Abonta has lamented the inconsistent policies and programmes in the housing sector in Nigeria.
The President of the Institution stated this in an interview with Housing TV in Abuja.
He described the present situation in the housing sector as confusing.
He said “we get more confused as the years go by with discordant policies and programmes. One government will want to distance itself from direct provision of housing and the other will want to come up with a programme of national coverage.”
ESV Abonta added that “and most of the time, these programmes do not pass through due diligence and without the buying or input of the local communities where such projects are cited.”
He further lamented that “we thought we will achieve that with the roadmap to housing that was sometime launched by the Federal Ministry of Housing then, but we have not much harmony with what is happening in the housing sector”
The President noted that the housing sector requires consistency and a well mapped out developmental plan, timelines and targets to events from year to year.
On the recent calls for review of the Land Use Act, ESV Abonta called for the removal of the Act from the Constitution to make it easy for constant review without necessarily reviewing the constitution.
He further pointed out that the present provisions in the Act which states that the State Governor must give consent before any land allocation is faulty as most Governors are preoccupied with other things, noting that it has become a pain in the neck of most developmental projects.
On the activities of quacks in the sector, he said there are laws currently being reviewed to check the activities of quacks in the real estate sector and noted that those who refused to join the Association of Estate Agents of Nigeria will be penalized and handed over to law enforcement agencies.
ESV Abonta revealed that under his watch, the Institution has come up with peer review mechanism to ensure her members submit their valuations for a review to ensure it conforms with standards as committees are being set up in major cities in the country to do the review.
He stated that the Institution is committed to the highest ethical standards as well as ensuring that their members have access to the latest trends in the housing sector
On the high number of empty houses in major cities in the country, the President of the Institution called on the Government to introduce annual penal tax on all unoccupied houses without just cause to ensure the owners make those properties available for rent or sale.
By Adeleke Samuel