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ESVARBON re-accredits seven tertiary institutions for estate management

ESVARBON re-accredits seven tertiary institutions for estate management

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The Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria has re-accredited seven tertiary institutions offering diploma and degree in estate management.

According to the Chairman, ESVARBON, Sir Nweke Umezuruike, the institutions are the University of Lagos; Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka; Abia State University, Uturu; Cross River University of Science and Technology, Calabar; Federal University of Technology, Minna; Bayero University, Kano; and Federal Polytechnic, Idah.

Umezuruike said the accreditation was done periodically for a period of five years with visitations to the institutions to ensure maintenance of standards.

He stated, “About 19 universities and 24 polytechnics in Nigeria offering degree and diploma courses in estate management have been accredited. Approval was given only last week for the extension of accreditation to seven tertiary institutions.

“They had been accredited over the years, though that is not permanent. Usually, full accreditation is for a period of five years; it could be less if there are things lacking here and there. Accreditation visitations are carried out from time to time to maintain standards.”

He explained that the core function of the board sequel to the registration of persons was the enhancement and maintenance of sound and ethical professional standards in accordance with international best practices.

He stated that the board was also working to increase the number of registered estate surveyors and valuers in the country.

“As of today, the number is 4,450; another group of 98 was approved last week and every effort will be made to get more qualified candidates registered,” he added.

Umezuruike, who spoke at his maiden media briefing as the Chairman of ESVARBON, following the demise of his predecessor, Mr. Yinka Sonaike, also called for the revival of the Presidential Task Force on Land Reforms.

He stated that for Nigerians to get value from their land, there must be data, hence the need to have every piece of land in the country registered.

Umezuruike stated, “Much of what has to be done lies with the government. I do know that under President Goodluck Jonathan, there was a Presidential Task Force on Land Reform, which strove to get all the landed property in Nigeria, even in the remotest villages, registered.

“When you are talking about land data, all parcels of land owned by whoever should be registered.   But after the exit of Jonathan, nothing has been heard about that. The task force should be made active again. If we want to be rich, all landed property must be registered.”

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