Imo State Government has donated land to the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) for the construction of its branch and zonal offices in Imo State.
Governor Rochas Okorocha who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), George Eche, made the announce at the opening ceremony of the association’s two-day 47th annual national conference tagged Imo 2017 in Owerri.
Okorocha noted that the gesture was informed by his high regard for the body.He charged the surveyors to be proactive in their quest to transform the real estate sector of the economy.
The governor told the Dr. Bolarinde Patunola-Ajayi-led executive that the state government was working with the institution to make the sector vibrant.He maintained that as a body with ‘’credibility, reputation, standard professional conduct and practice in landed profession, it should eliminate all forms of quacks and uphold the guiding principles of international best practice.”
The governor submitted that a ‘’nation’s wealth and greatness could not be assessed by infrastructural development alone without value of its land.’’He added that his administration had executed projects to impact positively on the environment and landed property.
Okorocha charged the surveyors to come up with workable recommendations that could move the sector forward.Patunola-Ajayi had during a courtesy call on the governor sought support for the association so that the practitioners can effectively play their roles in revamping the national economy. The team also visited Eze Samuel Ohiri where they struck cooperation on how traditional institutions could partner with the sector for its overall development.
Admitting that the state government has been friendly to the association, Patunola-Ajayi pledged that the surveyors were committed to building reliable infrastructural projects in the state and the federation at large.
He said the choice of Owerri was due to its peaceful and secure disposition, adding that the state government has been hospitable.Patunola-Ajayi, said the conference would deliberate on various areas that would proffer solutions to the revenue generation challenge of government at the three tiers and transition from a mono economy largely dependent on oil to landed property area.In boosting revenue generation, he noted that existing laws on the landed property and real estate among others would be looked into at the event.
By Charles Ogugbuaja, Owerri