The chairman of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), Rivers state branch Mr. Emma Okas Wike has disclosed plans to build a secretariat for the body in the state.
Mr. Wike made the plans public in a chat with The Weekend Tide on Wednesday in Port Harcourt.
The former National Publicity Secretary of NIESV said the new exco is geared at ensuring that the institution has a functional secretariat. He stressed that with swelling membership in the state, the new secretariat would house activities of the body.
He also hinted plans to synergise with other professional bodies in the built industry. He pointed out that by liasing with professionals in the construction sector, quackery and loss of gobs would be minimized since that would create specialisation and cooperation amongst operators.
He recalled that the Port Harcourt branch of the NIESV used to be vibrant as the one in Lagos until militancy and Niger delta crisis erupted.
As a result of the crisis, Wike averred that a lot of members and clients relocated to Abuja and Lagos leading to a decline in the value of properties in the state.
The NIESV chairman however noted that the situation is gradually improving following the amnesty declared by the federal government last year.
Mr. Wike lauded the federal government for declaring the amnesty, as a result of the benefits and stability it has created in the polity in recent months.
He also praised the gesture displayed by the Rivers State Government in incorporating estate surveyors in its urban renewal programme.
The Rivers State NIESV boss disclosed that a lot of estate surveyors were engaged in the valuation and assessment of properties within the Greater Port Harcourt scheme.
He howver, called on government, “to give a human face”, to its urban renewal policies by ensuring that those whose properties were marked for demolition were adequately compensated.