Following discordant tunes in the building industry over unethical practices, the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), has called on its members to engage in education and interaction that would boost their professional practice and the image of the institution in the country.
NIESV’s newly elected president, Mr. James Omeru, made the call recently in Abuja, during the inaugural meeting of the National Executive Council. His tenure is expected to last for the next two years.
The NIESV’s chief told his members to embrace an ethical practice in line with the institution’s motto to ensure the promotion of its image.
According to him, “In rendering our services to clients in both public and private sector and in dealing with each other, we must demonstrate the motto of our profession, which is honesty and devotion. We must make deliberate effort to improve on the image of our profession which has been seriously battered by the actions and inactions of our members.”
Omeru lamented, saying it has been observed that some members cut corners, which he said it is a challenge to the institution majorly because NIESV’s image is being eroded.
Though noted that the institution past administration made serious efforts in rebranding and improving the public image of the profession but, however, regretted the conduct and actions of the its members, which are averse to the rules of engagement, largely due to lack of discipline.
He said the institution would work for the improvement of the standard and quality of estate surveying and valuation education in Nigeria through collaboration with Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria (ESVARBON) on accreditation.
Omeru also decried the activities of quacks in agency practice but however, assured of measures to tackle same.