The National President, Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), Rowland Abonta, has assured that the menace of building collapse in Nigeria will soon be a thing of the past.
According to him, professional bodies in the building industry are fine-tuning measures to end the disaster.
He said that there was an ongoing collaboration with all the professional bodies in the building industry, seeking for permanent solutions to building collapse in the country.
Abonta disclosed this while speaking to aviation correspondents on Wednesday, shortly on arrival from Abuja.
He noted that quackery has been a major issue in every profession in the country, saying it is a reflection of corruption that is endemic in the lives of Nigerians.
According to him, NIESV has solidified arrangements with law enforcement agents to ensure that those trying to misrepresent the profession are properly profiled and dealt with.
“That has brought limitation to the activities of quacks. As a way of bridging the gap, NIESV about five years ago, floated Association of Estate Agents of Nigeria, and our intention was to bring in a number of our own graduates who could not go through professional exams and become professionals.
“Also, we considered others who have been training in real estate for good number of years, from other background. Rather than push them out, we felt what was needed was to regulate their activities, and give them that umbrella, and to train them in some form of certification, and who knows, they will one day become qualified estate surveyors.
“If you like, that could be a community development service project we have done to ensure that those who want to be estate surveyors are trained and equipped to do the business, and we have about 1,000 enlisted in Lagos, and about 200 in Rivers State.
The NIESV boss who was in Port Harcourt for a one week programme of the institution, said the body would pay a visit to Governor Nyesome Wike, who is also their patron, to brief him on the progress in the institution, as well as tour some developmental project sites in the state.