Surveyors caution members against unprofessional conduct
He urged members not to sacrifice the growth of the profession on the altar of fleeting gratification and to always stand on the side of integrity and dignity, sacrificing personal benefits for the greater good of others.
Speaking at the 2016 annual Pa Olumide Memorial lecture in Abuja, Oyegbola observed that the nation and the profession are faced with daunting challenges adding that the leaders need to sit back in sober reflection and make choices.
The NIS president told members of the profession to be proactive, resourceful and dynamic in their dealings at this time of serious economic challenges and make surveying the bedrock of national development.
He said: “Today, the profession has bigger challenges to wrestle with, we should be creating the right synergies to advance the vista and reach of our profession
He noted that the Late Pa Olumide. was a great leader that sacrificed his time and resources to build an institution and grow his profession, hence the need for today’s leaders to put aside their sentiments, self -interest and rebuild bridges and mend fences.”
In a lecture entitled, ‘Justice, Law and the Society’, a former Attorney-General & Minister of Justice of the Federation, Akin Olujinmi SAN stressed the need for Nigeria to ensure that her actions and policies conform to the tenets of international instruments for the protection of fundamental human rights.
Olujimi also noted that there have been instances of gross abuses and violation of these rights around the world today, on the pretext that the ruler has a duty to protect the corporate entity of his country, insisting that the fundamental human rights must be protected if man is to fulfill his purpose in life.
According to him, “it is only through the protection of these rights that justice can be done to individuals.”Olujinmi explained that justice in its significance is a determination reached by the courts in accordance with the law of the land, stressing that justice according to morality is not coterminous with justice according to law.
His words: “It is often tempting for laymen to apply moral standards in their comments on infractions of the law but justice according to morality is not coterminous with justice according to law. It is the law as enacted by the legislature that the judiciary will interprete and enforce. For instance, in criminal matters, it is required that there shall be proof beyond reasonable doubt. This in effect means that where there is any doubt in the mind of the judge on the evidence, the accused is entitled to be discharged”.He explained that indeed the law prefers that it is better for a hundred offenders to go unpunished than for one innocent person to suffer.
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