The Registrar, Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria, Mr Thomas Audu, says the board has registered 2,888 professionals to practise estate surveying and valuation in the country.
Audu told our correspondent in Lagos that the induction of 90 members in May 2012 brought the number of practitioners to 2,888.
According to him, the number is still far from the board’s target, as it is not enough to serve the 160 million Nigerians.
“This number is still a far cry, so we are trying to speed up and train more people because the number is not enough to serve 160 million people,” he said.
He said that the board also visited institutions offering Estate Management to give professional accreditation to what they were doing.
The registrar said that about 14 universities and 17 polytechnics and colleges of education offering the course had benefited from the visits.
He said that the Nigerian University Commission (NUC) and National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) provided the accreditation benchmark, while the board gave the professional accreditation.
Audu said that professional accreditation involved the board visiting the schools to access and evaluate their syllabus to ensure that the teachings matched global demand.
The registrar announced that board had concluded plans to introduce middle level manpower certificate for estate agents as well as have them registered by the board.
Audu said that the estate agents would be trained on rudiments of estate agency and they would not be expected to operate beyond that.
He said the agents would be trained to know that the money they collect from potential tenants was not theirs but for the landlord.