The Nigerian Institution of Surveyors says the rising number of fake survey plans in circulation has become worrisome.
The Chairman, Lagos State branch of the institution, Mr Adeleke Adeshina, attributed the high number of fake survey plans in existence to activities of quacks who avoid recording copies with relevant government agencies.
he said the number would reduce if people stopped indulging in backdating of survey plans and quit patronising fake and unregistered surveyors.
Adeshina made this known at a town hall meeting at the palace of the Elejinrin of Ejinrin Land, Ishola Balogun in Ikosi Ejinrin, Lagos as part of activities marking the NIS Lagos Annual General Meeting.
he said, “It is very important for members of the public to desist from patronising touts and impostors who would assure them of helping to backdate survey plans and other land documents.
“Apart from the fact that such move is against the law establishing the institution, no registered member of the association will ever promise to do such, as it is against the law and ethics of the profession.”
The immediate past Chairman of NIS Lagos branch, Gbenga Alara, said backdating copies of survey plans had been the most controversial issue in surveying in recent times.
According to him a surveyor must obtain a consent plan before they can embark on a survey job and also get permit for the record copy as well as apply for the pillar number and place, before an authentic survey plan can be produced.
“A fake surveyor would never undertake all these tasks,” he said
In his response, Balogun described the surveying profession as noble and very important in the society.
he said he would help to educate and enlighten his subjects, and urged the public to always support professionals trained to deliver on the job.
Source: Maureen Ihu-Maduenyi
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