Government Must Consult Estate Surveyors & Valuers Collectively — ESV Shote
A courtesy visit by the Branch Executive Committee to the home of (ESV) Alhaji A.O. Shote, PPNIVS, 6th Chairman of NIESV Lagos State Branch and 6th President of NIESV led to a robust discussion on the need for governments in Nigeria and Nigerians to show regards for professionalism, especially with regards to real estate and property valuation and consultation, amongst other real estate transactions, which should be solely handled by competent professionals who are Estate Surveyors and Valuers.
The very warm octogenarian who is still in active real estate practice stressed that governments, namely the state and Federal governments would need to begin to consult estate surveyors and valuers body, which is Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), as they do with such other sister professional bodies such as NITP, NIQS and NIS and not just consulting members of NIESV individually.
He also urged the government to emulate developed countries not in some areas where it favours them, but holistically, so that development can be attained as is in those developed countries.
“Government must consult us (Estate Surveyors and Valuers) as they do with Land Surveyors, Quantity Surveyors, Town Planners and Architects. Currently, the government is consults us individually,” said Shote.
He continued: “Nigeria wants to emulate developed nations without practising the housing system the developed nations are practising. That is not a good way to emulate a system because it will make similar housing policies that succeeded in those developed nations to fail when introduced here.” The meeting delved into what steps to take to make the real estate profession better known to all and sundry.
ESV Shote said it would require more hard work, public advocacy and advertsising via the various media channels and the new media. “We also have to engage political clout—working with people who can influence decisions of government as far as real estate and housing sector policies are concerned,” he advised. He enjoined ESVs to keep the passion for knowledge acquisition burning as no professional should stop learning as the games do change.
The Estate Surveyors and Valuers during the meeting agreed that the real estate sector in Nigeria is a huge market, but unfortunately, NIESV people are just in one corner of the market, leaving the rest of the larger market to other professionals and even non-professionals. There is a need to therefore make deliberate efforts to reverse the status quo as it is not beneficial to NIESV members. The veteran real estate professional revealed that his children and some close associates called on him to publish a memoir of his sojourn in the real estate sector, a call the delegates lent their voices and said it would definitely be a great delight to read about the industry from the revered octogenarian, considered to be a living encyclopaedia of NIESV and the real estate profession.
At 86, Baba Shote is still a very busy man. While the meeting lasted for about two and half hours, his four phones were busy, but an elated core NIESV man with his noble colleagues, howbeit, junior would only plead to return the calls later as he is in a very important meeting. “You see, I try to emulate someone like the late Akintola Williams, who practiced law until the very last moment of his life,” Baba Shote enthused.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Branch, ESV (Mrs) Olabisi Demola-Alade FNIVS, said the Exco had come to check up on him and to receive his fatherly and professional advice on how to move the Branch, the Institution and the profession forward.
Led by the Chairman, other members of the Exco delegation are the Vice Chairman, ESV Gbenga Ismail ANIVS, the Honorary Assistant Secretary, ESV Sholakunmi Babarinde ANIVS and the Immediate Past Chairman (IPC), ESV Adedotun Bamigbola FNIVS. The IPC took some time to update the 6th Chairman who was also the 6th President of the Institution on the various growth developments in “The Very Branch” as laid by preceding Chairmen of the Branch.
“We are encouraged by your continuous educative engagements with us and we pray that God will continue to strengthen you,” he said. Alhaji Shote presented to the Exco, four copies of a book, titled: “Contemporary State Land Matters in Nigeria: The Case of Lagos State” authored by Femi Okunu, CON, SAN for the Branch and the Institution.
The vote of thanks was given by the Vice Chairman, ESV Gbenga Ismail.