Delta Surveyors Set to Eliminate Quacks

IN pursuance of professional
excellence and proper documentation of acquired landed properties
in Delta State, the Nigerian
Institution of Surveyors,
Delta State Branch has unveiled New Guidelines on Cadastral Survey Practice, which will commence on January 1, 2018.
The institution on December
5, 2017 in a press briefing in Effurun, said that the introduction of the new guidelines, which is in agreement with the Delta State Government is to bring sanity into the survey business in the state.
The Chairman, Surveyor Umukoro Abraham, (MNIS), said that the new guideline among other things is to protect the public from unwholesome practices by some professional surveyors
and their quack agents, as it will deal with, penalise and sanction earring
members involved in sharp practices.
He said that many people had lost their practices due to quack practices and loss of revenue by the state government.
The new guidelines will also bring about uniformity in plan production for all jobs, through the use of customised
papers which will be used by all surveyors in the state.
“The new guidelines will bring about uniformity in plan production for all our clients, through the use of our customised papers, which will be introduced by the institution, for use by all registered surveyors in private practice come 1st of January, 2018.”
With this new guidelines,
public awareness on the need to make use of registered surveyors to execute their survey jobs for proper documentation of their properties and avoid loss will be unvieled, just as a new price regime is to be introduced, as cost of production has increased overtime.
The institution, also decried
the substantive loss of revenues to the state government
through quacks, due mostly from survey plans not lodged with the Ministry of Lands and Surveys.
Mr. Umukoro said that with these new cadastral guidelines, it is expected that there will be control on the proliferation of fake survey plans, especially with the introduction of the Customised Conqueror Papers for survey plans, which is designed for every surveyor with a unique identification.
“The system is designed in such a manner that every surveyor approved to practice
in the state will have a unique identification and other security information captured on the papers allotted to him/her for the production of survey papers.”
He also stated that clients
will be protected as job paid for will be timely delivered, as it will eliminate
all necessary delays, as the new system is coming with pre-payment for plan deposit, which will guarantee
immediate lodgement, prior to the production of certified true copies, this is to eliminate production
of plans and sketches not intended to be lodged, which presently had been bringing revenue loss to the state.
The institution while thanking the state government
for its efforts to enhance the process of land titles, particularly the issuance of Electronic Certificates
of Occupancy (C of O), said that the government
should take further steps to establish a further collaboration with professional
bodies to promote speedy development.
According to the chairman,
to further bring the attention of the public to the proposed new development,
adverts will be carried
out on radio and television,
to keep the public in tune with happenings in the survey land profession in the state.

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