The national president and chairman of the Council Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyor and Valuers (ESV) has appealed to the Akwa Ibom government to engage the services of his members in the employ of the state government in order to boost the economy of the state.
Sir Emmanuel Wike stated this while addressing a press conference during the national conference in Uyo, last weekend.
He expressed gratitude to the Akwa Ibom government for maintaining cordial relationship between the members of the profession in the state and the state government agencies in the areas of assets valuation, rating valuation and property facility management.
He further demanded for the release of attorney fees due to estate surveyors and valuers that was withheld since 2016.
Wike disclosed that the state government was currently paying 100 per cent compensation value to claimants and instructed the attorneys to get their fees from them, stressing that such practice was procedurally wrong, and called for rectification.
He urged the state government to look into other challenges bedeviling the Akwa Ibom State branch of the institution and commended Gov Udom Emmanuel for the giant strides in infrastructure development and provision of enabling environment for both business to thrive.
He commended the Akwa Ibom branch for contributing immensely to the development of the state through what he called effective land administration/management, asset valuation for all purposes, property rating and taxation, and facilities for efficiency and in several other endeavour.
According to him, “Our expertise, competence and commitment to the provision of professional services for economic development are the reasons why we could achieve that much within the space of 32 years, and that is the reason the state government should continue to engage and partner our members for the development of the state. The branch is vibrant and surges forward in expansion and steady flow of innovations in the ways and manners it conducts its activities.”
He acknowledged that some of his members were holding positions in land development in the state ministry of lands and water resources and hoped that more opportunities would be given to members in the state government employ.
The state chairman of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyor and Valuers (ESV), John Isangidihi thanked the national body of the institution for hosting the conference in the state.
He also commended the state government for its support to the state branch, believing that such gesture should be maintained for optimal result.
He assured that his leadership would continue to encourage and mobilise his members to uphold the tenent of their profession.