The Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers has inducted 28 of its members as Fellows.
The new Fellows were inducted at the 23rd John Wood Ekpenyong Memorial Lecture in Lagos on Thursday. The lecture had as its theme: ‘Deployment of corporate governance systems and processes to the professions: The estate surveyor and valuer’s perspective’.
The Chairman, Interim National Council on induction of Fellows, Mr. Gersh Henshaw, who gave the lecture, said consideration should be given to business systems and processes on an ongoing basis and not when problems occurred.
Henshaw said that for high standards of professionalism to be maintained in estate surveying and valuation, and to earn the respect of the public, NIESV and the Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria should educate members on the importance of good corporate governance.
“New distinguished Fellows and those planning to set up should think carefully of the system and processes from day one to avoid the possibility of future problems and unexpected expenditure later in the business’ life,” he said.
He explained that corporate governance systems and processes should be given adequate consideration in both the public and private sectors.
The President, NIESV, Dr. Joshua Patunola-Ajayi, said professionals should go back to the drawing board as foreigners had taken over almost all professions in the country.
“We are better than some of these people who are coming in to take our jobs. Let us do what we can to be among the best in the world,” he stated.
A former President of NIESV, Mr. Nweke Umezuruike, said the annual lecture was instituted to celebrate Ekpenyong who was the first Fellow and president of the institution and a representative of the founders of the profession.
One of the new Fellows, Mr. Emeka Orji, said becoming a Fellow was the dream of every member of the institution as it was the highest level an estate surveyor and valuer could attain.
“This is a prestigious rank; it has been a long journey but one that is worthwhile. It is a personal fulfilment and about getting what is rightly yours. On the side, other things come with it, such as enabling you to want to do more as one of those who scaled the high hurdle. A lot is expected from Fellows as top professionals in the field,” he said.
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