THE NIGERIAN INSTITUTION OF ESTATE SURVEYORS AND VALUERS (NIESV) COMMUNIQUE 49th ANNUAL CONGRESS
Posted: 29/Apr/2019

THE NIGERIAN INSTITUTION OF ESTATE SURVEYORS AND VALUERS (NIESV)

National Secretariat: Plot 759, Independence Avenue, Bassan Plaza, CBD Abuja

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THE COMMUNIQUE OF THE 49TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE NIGERIAN INSTITUTION OF ESTATE SURVEYORS AND VALUERS (NIESV) WHICH TOOK PLACE IN MARCH, 2019.

THEME: A CITY THAT WORKS

The Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers held her 49th Annual Conference at Eko Convention Centre, Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos State from Tuesday 19th March -23rd March, 2019.

The conference which theme was "A city that works" was declared open by the Special Guest of Honour; Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, the Honourable Minister for Power. Works and Housing who also presented a robust keynote speech which dwelt on the importance of Law and Order to the efficient working of a city. The Chief Host, the Executive Governor of Lagos State: His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunrni Ambode, ably represented by the Commissioner for Housing; Mr. Gbolahan Lawal  presented a goodwill message and welcomed delegates to the conference.

In attendance were top government officials and functionaries, professionals from private and public sectors as well as the academia; Trustees, Past Presidents, Council members and Members of the Institution as well as non Members.

The President, Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors & Valuers ESV (Sir.) Rowland Enyinna Abonta FNIVS. MRICS delivered a welcome address which captured an overview of the Theme of the conference while the 2nd Vice President ESV Johnhull Osarume Amayaevbo FNIVS, presented the Lead paper.

Prof. Mustapha Zubairu, Project Manager Niger State Urban Support Programme and former Managing Director Federal Housing Authority (F.H.A), presented a Key Note address on the Conference Theme amongst many other distinguished speakers.

After exhaustive deliberations at the Conference, the following observations and recommendations were made:

OBSERVATIONS

I. The recent building collapse in Lagos and lbadan reflects the inefficiency and many challenges of City Management in Nigeria which have negative impacts on the stock of physical assets, investments in real estate and indirectly the practice of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, apart from the irreparable loss of human lives.

2. Most African and Nigerian cities lack the required administrative capacity and leadership for provision of efficient waste management, transportation, adequate housing, security and technology necessary for a working city.

3. The Estate Surveyors and Valuers have the training, skills and play major professional roles in city management as housing experts, real estate management consultants. Assets valuation/management experts, urban regeneration experts, etc and as such should he recognized and involved by government at all levels in the management of our cities.

4. The traffic congestion and lack of connectivity evident in Lagos as a model city in Nigeria. Reflects the transportation inefficiency of our cities where there is acute imbalance between demand and sup-ply of transportation needs.

5. For smart cities to provide efficient transportation system for functionality. There should be transit oriented housing development and increased capacity of roads as well as public participation in infrastructure provision.

6. The application of software and the need for Information Technology (IT) compliance contribute to the working of cities in terms of enhanced safety (traffic safety and emergency management), security, reduced cost of living, job creation, improvement in health services, time management and environmental management.

7. Drawing inspirations from the success stories of Caribbean countries such as Dominica and Antigua (despite their hurricane challenges), Tourism can play a great role in making our nation and Cities work just as also witnessed in the economic growth of nations like Greece, India and Dubai.

8. The greatest challenge to tourism in Nigeria is the mind set of her citizenry which often leads them to undervalue both minor and substantial individual and national achievements. Others include Government policies, poor infrastructure, funding, insecurity and poor maintenance culture.

9. Strict adherence to the rule of law and order (Discipline) is the basis on which any city can work and this is generally lacking in Nigeria.

RECOMMENDATIONS a) Government should deliver effective transportation system anchored on mobility and accessibility

which require good planning, participation of stakeholders, technology, and integration between land use and transport planning.

b) The Federal and State government should explore the full use of our natural water ways and costal lines as alternative transportation system/roots for mass movement of people to reduce the heavy traffic congestions on our roads.

c) Government at all levels should take advantage of the professional roles/services of the Estate Surveyors and valuers by involving them in city planning and management for efficiency.

d) Effective data management should be encouraged as baseline for Cities to work, engaging enablers such as cyber security, infrastructure development (including 4G &5G broadband) as game changers, efficient regulatory system and proper orientation for law enforcement as well as adaptation of reward and punishment system to correct misdemeanor.

e) While the narrative of the nation must be consciously changed to that of a safe, secured and investment-friendly one, Estate Surveyors and Valuers must work with government to map out policies that will identify and optimize in-vestment opportunities in Tourism created by Nigeria's rich cultural diversity and ecosystem.

f) The importance of strict compliance with law and order for efficient city management cannot be over emphasized. We therefore call for a total review of various town planning laws, Development control laws, Environmental/Sanitation regulations, Housing and transportation policies, etc to update them and upgrade their enforcement agencies for effective performance.

g) The government should create an effective enabling environment for improved housing de-livery through easy access to serviced plots with registrable titles, mortgage finance and sustainable building technologies.

This will bring about affordable housing for the masses, quality living condition, crime reduction and job creation in the building industry.

Signed

ESV MONDAY N. AHIWE, ANIVS, RSV

HON. NATIONAL PUBLICITY SECRETARY

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