Experts identify surveying as bedrock for national development



For Nigeria to attain its full potentials, there is need to make surveying the bedrock of any sustainable development programme.Chairman, Lagos State branch of the Association of Private Practicing Surveyors of Nigeria [APPSN], Odetunmibi Olufemi who made the assertion at a workshop in Lagos on “New Nigeria: The Roles, Right and Responsibility of Surveyors in National Re-Birth”, ascribed the frequent, constant collapse of various infrastructure across the country to absence of right foundation.

Odetunmibi, a fellow of the body, said the nation must realise that surveyors is better equipped to ensure the right foundation are put in place for all aspects of national development.He therefore, called on private practicing surveyors to continuously engage in training and development programmes in order to enhance competence and high professional ethical

Also speaking, Chairman, Lagos State branch of Nigerian Institution of Surveyors of Nigeria, Gbenga Alara urged all registered members of the Association to live by the ethics of the profession.Alara who is also a fellow of the institution said surveyors must ensure that they continue to hold the ethics of the profession in high esteem.

He stressed   that the workshop aside of being a fulfillment of mandatory professional requirements and responsibility, also serve as a forum for reminding practitioners of the need to maintain decorum and high professional ethics among members.

In his keynote address, Chief Yemi Soladoye, a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Arbitration, appealed to surveyors to expand the horizon of practice beyond guiding construction and development projects or determination of precise location of roads or buildings and proper depths for foundations.

He said surveyors should rather see their role as a nation builder who provides price guidance and risk classification on land and the environment.While urging surveyors to develop a new mindset and conscious efforts to achieve national re-birth, Soladoye said, it is the responsibility of surveyors in Nigeria to develop: Hydrography and Geodesy aspects of the profession.

He also admonished all registered surveyors not to see their job as just overseeing the quantitative and metric aspects of a project.According to him, the surveyor’s job should not end on approval of Survey plan but should also resolve the issue of fake C of Os.

He said that though surveyors in Nigeria have mastered the profession of surveying but they have not yet fully explored the commercial and strategic Roles of surveying in sustainable development.

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