FG DEMANDS PROFESSIONALISM IN THE BUILDING SECTOR

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola has urged experts to exhibit the spirit of sacrifice and professionalism in their services as government continues to provide critical infrastructure to Nigerians.

Fashola, in the company of the Minister of State II, Surv. Hassan Zarma, said this when he received Members of the Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja.

The Minister, who commended the sense of purpose, manifesting in the achievements of the Board within one year of its inauguration, and urged members to be more professional, saying that “if the professionals deliver, Nigeria will deliver”. He emphasized that doing so will eliminate quackery in the system.

Furthermore, Fashola explained that the 10% valuer and 25% reposition fees charged by professionals in the field “builds unsustainable economy, citing the 2nd Niger Bridge and the Bodo- Bonny Bridge which runs into billions of naira and requested the Board to review the charges.

The Minister also encouraged members to create a baseline data for all empty houses with information for sale or rental value, adding that those empty houses can be livable. He argued that a real economy must reflect indices of exchange rate, inflation and growth rate.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Board, Sir Nweke Umezuruike, while inviting the Ministers to the launch of the Green Book ‘The Nigeria Valuation Standards’ presented to him, explained that within the year, the Board has made some remarkable strides in the improved Adhesive Stamps, the publication of the Green Book amongst others.

Umezuruike also sought the Minister’s assistance for office accommodation and prompt composition of the Board membership/replacements as are necessary.

In attendance were the Permanent Secretary for Works and  Housing, Mohammed Bukar, the Permanent Secretary for Power, Loius Edozie.

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