Publicity Committee delivers COVID-19 palliative for NIESV Lagos members
The Chairman of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), Lagos State Branch, ESV Adetotun Bamigbola yesterday at the Branch’s Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja Lagos, unveiled 500 pieces of Nose Masks produced by the Publicity Committee as part of efforts to check spread of the dreaded Corona Virus, otherwise known as COVID-19.
Presenting the nose masks to the Chairman for unveiling, ESV Ewenla Mustapha, Chairman of the Publicity Committee said his team took to fund the provision of nose masks in collaboration with the Executive Committee (Exco) to also help members with one of the most important preventive tool against COVID-19.
He thanked the Chairman of the Branch and his Exco for giving his committee the leverage to deliver on the project.
Speaking, the Chairman described the NIESV Lagos branded nose masks as a publicity item and “another way of promoting our institution in addition to the core aim of preventing COVID-19.” “We should continue to find a way to promote our institution. I know a lot of us have done something for our individual firms, but here we are
as an institution and doing this in the name of NIESV, Lagos State Branch. The institution always gives you something to ride on. Let us keep doing publicity like this with things that are engaging,”
ESV Bamigbola said.
The chairman used the opportunity to receive feedback from members of the committee on how the branch and the Excos programmes are faring.
Most of the committee members who spoke, thanked the executive committee for the many publicity and advocacy programmes which it had executed so far. They also lauded the chairman for initiating the Young and Passionate Estate Surveyors and Valuers (YPESV) programme, but noted that the branch needs to do more. They suggested that the executive committee should consider initiating a television programme to help to bring awareness about the institution and the profession to the grassroots.
They also highlighted the need to engage ESVARBON to curb a resurfacing disturbing trend in quackery in the real estate profession.
A member of the committee, ESV Seyi Abdul said, “The Exco is working very hard and achieving good results. So, we now have to put more efforts at bringing publicity to the grassroots; let the market woman know us and what we do. Our building is also part of publicity, so our logo must be on our building. Mr Chairman, we want you to kindly use your good office to talk to the National President on this issue of branding our building.”
Another member of the committee, ESV Rilwan Balogun pleaded with the exco to emulate the national body by approving a discount on subscription fee as a way of giving palliative to members due to the daring impact of COVID-19.
Responding, the Chairman said paucity of fund remained one of the branch’s biggest challenge and hindering the tall dream of the Exco. He however informed that the Exco was at the verge of taking delivery of a 250KAV generator from John Holt. He recalled that the project is a core agenda of the current Exco and is now pulling it through with the usual support of the National.
He said, “When we came in, we had very limited fund. We have a tall dream. Now, we have a bit of fund, but we had to buy a generator which is costing us about N16 million. This is ome key thing affecting our publicity drive, but I want to encourage every member of the committee and other members of the noble institution to get involved in publicity by using their social media handles by sharing information that NIESV Lagos is posting on all its social media platforms and on its website. A lot of information is now being being dished out on our social media
platforms and website.”
On checking quackery, the chairman regretted that the branch may not have the right to do enforcement. He however charged members to report quacks to the Estate Surveyors & Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria (ESVARBON), with evidence, adding that he would propose to the Exco to set up a platform that will work with ESVARBON to tackle the menace of quackery.
He also used the opportunity to advise members to sign up for the Lagos State Cooperative Society, which he said could help members get loans for various projects at times of need.