PHOTO: John Hughes, RICS President

Nigeria arm of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has said that all is set to mark its 150 years of existence and celebration of excellence in surveying profession.
The group also disclosed that the anniversary is part of events aimed at celebrating real estate in Nigeria, quest for qualitative and sustainable impact in surveying profession.
According to the organisers, the anniversary with the theme: ‘Global trends and challenges – the future of construction’ is aimed at bringing all chartered surveyors in Nigeria and in the diaspora together to celebrate excellence in surveying profession. The anniversary which is celebrated around the world by all surveyors will be held at Lagos Oriental Hotel, Lagos, 29th June 2018.
Unveiling the programme for RICS 150th anniversary at a media chat in Lagos recently, Chairman, RICS (Nigeria Group), Jimmy Olayinka Omotosho, said what the group is trying to achieve is to celebrate 150th Anniversary, as well as the significant contribution the surveying profession has made to local communities and wider built environment over the past 150 years.
He said: “2018 marks the 150th anniversary of RICS. In order to celebrate this milestone, we have launched initiative to highlight the achievements of the profession and demonstrate its importance to society, both in the past and future.’’
Also speaking at the media chat, the Chairman Organising Committee for RICS 150 Anniversary, Gbenga Ismail express that the pride in the profession initiative show cases the significant and positive impact surveyors have made to society. ‘‘The initiative is a great chance for all surveyors to promote our profession by demonstrating how varied and rewarding a surveying career can be. We are now at the dawn of another revolution, this one driven by digitisation. But by maintaining our commitment to standard during this period of change. I have no doubt that RICS will be here to serve the public for another 150 years”.
Special guests expected at the event include the British High Commission to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Arkwright MBE, real estate professionals, estate surveyors and valuers, quantity and land surveyors.