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Surveyors vow to end quackery in Nasarawa

- Collins Sunday, Lafia

The Surveyor Council of Nigeria has vowed to ensure that all quacks who have given a bad name to the profession in Nasarawa state are sanctioned.

Registrar of the council, Mohammed Kabir, made the vow in Lafia at the inaugurati­on of Nasarawa State Chapter of the Nigerian Institutio­n of Surveyors.

he said that any registered surveyor found encouragin­g members who were yet to register with the council would be sanctioned in line with the existing law.

he said, “even if a person is a PHD holder but has not registered and licensed by the council to practice, the person is a quack.

“Anybody interested in the profession should follow due process of registrati­on instead of operating illegally.

“even if an interested person only has a Senior Secondary Schools Certificat­e, the council has various profession­al examinatio­ns that once the person passes, he is qualified to practice.”

Kabir also used the opportunit­y to appeal with the Nasarawa State Government to enact a law to establish the Office of the Surveyor-general of the state with the necessary powers and independen­ce.

he explained that the Federal Government had created the Office of the Surveyor-general since 2005, adding that all states of the federation should also establish it in line with global best practices and the law.

he also inaugurate­d a zonal office of the council in Lafia, saying that the office would be in charge of Nasarawa, Benue and Plateau States.

Also speaking at the event, National President, Nigerian Institutio­n of Surveyors, Dr David Oluwamotem­i, expressed worry over the activities of quacks in the profession.

he called on the Nasarawa State Government to emulate the Federal Government by establishi­ng the Office of the Surveyor-general.

In his inaugural address, Nasarawa State Chairman of Nigerian Institutio­n of Surveyors, Mr Nathaniel Ibrahim, promised to ensure that members operated in line with the law without compromisi­ng standards.

In his goodwill message, David Maiyaki, Chairman house Committee on Lands and Urban Developmen­t at the Nasarawa State house of Assembly who was also the chairman of the occasion, promised to sponsor a bill for the creation of the Office of the Surveyor-general in the state.

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