Estate surveyors boost practice with resource centre

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To improve knowledge in its practice and bridge professional gap, the Lagos State chapter of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), has established a resource centre and an e-library.

The facility, located in the Ikeja Office of the Institution, is part of the initiative being put in place by the state executives, which aims to bring international standard to the profession locally.

NIESV Chairman, Lagos branch, Mr. Olurogba Orimolade, explained that the resource centre will ensure that training, which hitherto are not undertaken in the country, take place on a weekly and monthly basis in specialised areas.

“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. Foreign companies in Nigeria are using new technologies and that alone is disqualifying project managers meant to be supervising certain jobs,” he explained.

Conducting journalists around the 11-seater classroom resource centre, Orimolade said it is designed to have the most current equipment and devices for organised master classes/training workshops. The main vision for the centre, he said, is to focus on training in key areas in the real estate industry, especially in the estate surveying and valuation profession.

“This resource centre 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,” he explained.

The centre and e-library are part of the showcase during the 2018 Estate Surveyors and Valuers’ Week, which commenced last Sunday and will end tomorrow. The key highlight of the week included the inauguration of the remodelled branch secretariat by the President of NIESV, Roland Abonta, among others.

On the protracted Land Use Charge, Orimalade said the branch will submit its report to the Lagos state government. The report, he revealed, 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 said.

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