Members of the Nigerian Institute of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) have been advised to acquire a befitting office for their operations in Rivers State.
Some residents who spoke to The Tide on the issue posited that every business organisation or group must have a place for its operation, if such body must make an impact in their sphere of activities.
In his view, Godspower Orienwu explained that a lot of touts and fake professionals exist in the estate industry, while some claim to be agents.
According to him, there are lots of quacks who are not certificated in the business, but have taken advantage of the high demand in housing and accommodation to launch themselves into the business, especially in the city of Port Harcourt.
Orienwu who expressed bitterness over some sort of exploitation in the sector posited that one of the reasons why this is thriving in Port Harcourt is because there is no office or secretariat that is out to control the activities of operators in the estate business.
He said that if there had been such, matters could be reported, and that some levels of control will equally be met and urged members of the group to see it as a task that must not be delayed anymore.
On his part, Micheal Opurum, who resides and does business in the D/Line axis of Port Harcourt posited that one of the major set back in the operations of estate valuers is the lack of administrative office/secretariat, which according to him does not portray the association in good light.
He said that a situation where there is no coordinating office has made things to fall apart, and that it has given ample opportunity for quacks to extort the public without check.
He therefore questioned, “where will you go to lay complaints about estate agents and their activities, and how would there be control here, where every body operates on his own”.
Opurum therefore urged members of the institute to ensure that such lapses is covered by providing are secretariat for themselves.
While speaking to The Tide in his office, one of the institute members and the principal partner of Robert Opara Associate, an estate Surveyor and Valuers outfit, Mr. Robert Opara said that members of the Institute operate from their various offices in Port Harcourt, for lack of association’s secretariat, including the chairman of the Port Harcourt branch of the institute.
Stories by Corlins Walter