Strictly adhere to the ethics of the practice or risk license revocation,
Of Ugly Raheem, Abeokuta
The The Chairman of the Ogun State Ranch of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors and Property Valuers (NIESV), Wale Ojo, called on members of the institute to strictly adhere to international ethics and the code of conduct of the profession of the country or risk having their licenses revoked.
He also instructed land surveyors to always show integrity in their approach so as not to tarnish the image of the professional body.
Ojo made the call in his keynote address at the first edition of Kunle Olubode’s series of lectures and interactive sessions titled “Integrity in Real Estate Transactions: The Missing Link Between Old and New Professionals”, which s held in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State.
He noted that as the population continues to grow and new cities evolve, the skills of real estate experts and appraisers would become necessary in order to sustainably maintain the values and integrity of different asset classes.
Ojo suggested that various committees have been set up at Ogun NIEVS to look into issues of non-compliance with ethics and standards of the professions, and apply sanctions accordingly to any offending member.
“If you are found at fault, there are penalties for these members. Even in this state, there are people who have been deemed weak and made to suffer for violating ethics and international codes of conduct, and that cuts across all states in the federation.
“People have been forced to have their licenses withdrawn for serious misconduct. When it comes to integrity, at Ogun we have a few well-trained professionals. In the past two years I have been in the saddle, no issues have been brought before the panel and that suggests to me that everyone has done their job according to the established rules,” Ogun NIES Chairman said.
In his presentation, Gbenga Adeoye, an expert in management accounting, charged professional surveyors with the need to embrace integrity and avoid selfish interests in order to advance in their field and become more relevant.
“We should all reconnect with elders who have moved on and ask them what to do when faced with certain situations. Basically we have to see how we can eliminate self-interest, one of the things that conflicts with integrity is self-interest,” Adeoye said.