Absence of Policy Identified as Contributor to Bickering among Land Administrators
Lack of clear policy statement has been identified as the major contributor to rivalry among professionals in Land Administration in Nigeria.
An Estate Surveyor and Valuer, ESV Omotayo Adesina, made this known on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, while delivering a paper titled, “The Politics of Land Administration in Nigeria” at the 4th Town and Gown Interaction of the Department of Estate Management, Covenant University, Ota.
ESV Adesina, who is the Senior Advisor at Motayo Adesina and Company (a firm of Estate Surveyors and Valuers), also identified societal perception, get rich quick syndrome, attitude, unemployment, power tussle, poverty and frustration as other factors contributing to rivalry among professionals in the business of Land Administration in the country.
He listed the professionals in the Land Administration to include Land Surveyors, Engineers, Town Planners, Quantity Surveyors, Lawyers, Builders and Estate Surveyors/Valuers and noted that, “Due to lack of clear policy statement on who does what, the quantity Surveyor want to do the job of the Builder and Builder want to do the job of Estate Surveyor.”
ESV Adesina, who was the guest speaker at the event, stated that the Land Use Act in Nigeria vested the power to determine the composition and leadership of Land Use and Allocation Committee on each State Governor. The governor at his prerogative may favour a particular professional over the others which also results to rivalry among them.
The effect of this, he observed, include wastage, abandoned project, building collapse and untimely death among others. He, however, noted that this could be controlled if there is a clear policy statement on who does what, adequate training, sensitization and continuous fight against corruption.
Adesina also charged the participants, who were largely students of the Department, to be grounded in the profession in order to handle its challenges. “There are challenges out there and if you are not knowledgeable, you will be edged out by quarks but if you are grounded, you will take your rightful place,” he advised.
The Head, Department of Estate Management, Dr. Chukwuemeka Iroham, had earlier noted that the purpose of the Town and Gown as instituted by the University’s management was to avail the students, with opportunity to know what obtains in the industry as they rob minds with the professionals.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of plaque to the guest speaker in appreciation of his wealth of knowledge imparted to the participants.