…to present Land Use Charge report to LASG
The Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, Lagos Branch, has created a resource centre and an e-library to bridge professional skills gap in the profession and the industry at large.
The Chairman, NIESV, Lagos branch, Mr. Olurogba Orimalade, said the centre was created to ensure training on a weekly and monthly basis in specialised areas that were hitherto done outside the country.
He stated, “Foreign companies in Nigeria are using new technologies and that alone is disqualifying project managers meant to be supervising certain jobs.
“The resource centre will help us bring in people to teach us those technologies; the advantage is that nobody will have the need to go abroad for those skills. We are not only concerned about our fees, but also building capacity of our members.”
Orimalade, who spoke ahead of the 2018 Estate Surveyors and Valuers’ Week, which commenced on Sunday and will end on Friday, May 25, said the key highlight of the week would be the inauguration of the remodelled branch secretariat by the President of NIESV, Roland Abonta, made up of the resource centre and e-library.
He stated, “The resource centre that has been created is an 11-seater classroom designed to have the most current equipment and devices for organised master classes/training workshops. The main vision for the centre is to focus on training in key areas in the real estate industry, especially in the estate surveying and valuation profession.
“This resource centre, we believe, will be one of the tools that should help improve the professional skill set of our members and the public at large, through the various trainings and master classes, which will be taking place there. The e-library has been created in a similar fashion. The plan is to have computer systems with unlimited Internet access for members mainly for the purpose of research.”
On the Land Use Charge, Orimalade said the branch had prepared a report that would be presented to the Lagos State Government this week.
According to him, the report is expected to advise the government on areas to improve upon, among others.
“We have asked the government to look at the process from the angle that people want to pay tax but there should be clarity. The government has a right to come up with tax but the argument is if it is fair,” he noted.
Orimalade also appealed to residents to cooperate with estate surveyors and valuers, who had been commissioned to carry out enumeration of houses in the state.