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NIS charges members on professionalism, agitate for Office of Surveyor general

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By Aremu Sosanya

As Ogun state move from analog to digital land surveying practice, the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS), has called on its members to brace up with the new challenges so as to promote efficiency.

The newly inaugurated executives of the association also reiterated the need for the state to create an office of Surveyor-General as an extra ministerial department in order to reduce series of land related matters in different courts .

NIS during a three day retreat for the newly inaugurated executives of the association which took place at Conference Hotel Sagamu,Ogun State, opined that the challenges facing Surveyours in the discharge of their duties are enormous, hence the need for the retreat.

"With new technology available, land surveying is shifting towards a highly data-oriented position, with detailed data available for companies interested in streamlining and optimizing their operations".


The Chairman of the association, Surveyor Adebowale Ademola while speaking with newsmen said the programme was put together in order to x-ray various issues and challenges that may impede the smooth operations of their task as new executives and also train their members on the new digital technology in surveying.

He called on government to urgently create office of Surveyor-general as an extra- ministerial department adding that creating such an office would enhance productivity and service delivery.

According to him, it was regrettable that Ogun is the only state out of the South-West States that is yet to create the office of the Surveyor-General as an extra ministerial department to promote good governance.


“This administration will continue to drive the generality of members towards continuous professional development and promote adaptation of members to new technological tools and technological base on professional practice.

I urge all surveyors to brace up to walk along as we engage in the use of new tools and order of practice”, he said.

Today’s surveyors are becoming more like data scientists, providing not only the survey data but the insights needed to make sense of that data and drive desirable outcomes


Also the State’s Chairman of the Association of Private Practising Surveyors of Nigeria (APPSN), Surv. Adewale Oluwafemi said the retreat was put together so as to assist new executives to effectively shift to total digitization of survey practice.

”We really need to work on this and move fast before that progression over run us. It is indeed a very serious task which I believe and I have the confidence that with the training we have received here our administration will ensure the implementation of total digitization of survey practice in the state.

"We know that the best developed environment is always the best mapped “and therefore there is continuous need for our towns, cities and villages to be properly surveyed and mapped”.

"The real progress of land acquisition is ensuring that private practising surveyors are involved in solving the prevailing problems of obtaining proper title for every parcel of land.”

He expressed concern on the number of quacks in surveying in the country and regretted that due to lower fees such fraudsters charge, more people patronise them.

His words: “We are aware that fake survey plans are on the increase because the gullible public thinks surveying should be cheaper in the face of increase in the cost of everything, including land, survey equipment among others and so they employ the services of anybody that lower the cost of survey.

The reduction of such incidences is one of the onerous reasons we put this training together”.