To transform Nigeria, Professionals in the surveying industry have been urged to be proactive for government to patronize indigenous firms.
Experts noted that such readiness would enhance growth and development of the nation’s economy.
Speaking at an event organized for surveyors by the CED Magazine (Construction and Engineering Digest) in Ikeja, Lagos, on the theme “Local Content Act: Unlocking the Opportunities,”Surveyor Bosun Ayinde, who chaired the event emphasized the need to enlist Nigerians who are professionals in their fields to help preserve, expand and transform the country through public/private partnership.
If the indigenous technocrats are not prepared for the task, Ayinde said policymakers would rather go beyond the shores of the nation to import less competent, less qualified, and less experienced foreign companies and professionals.
According to him, “In a recent publication (CED Magazine) you claimed that unemployment in our country is 23.6 per cent, it seems to m the figure is about 50 per cent among professionals.
“Your report further complained of infrastructural decay, housing shortage and complete deterioration of automotive industries.
“Based on these observations, the loyalty of those in charge of commissioning of the various projects in the country to foreigners is questionable because they are more loyal to foreign countries than they are to Nigeria, Nigerian citizens and Nigerian professionals.”
Ayinde enjoined all surveyors in the country to uphold legacy, honour and integrity, in abiding by the ethics of the surveying profession.
Also, Surveyor Bernard Omo Akhigbe, President, Nigerian Institution of Surveyors, noted that for them to maximize the opportunities in the oil and gas industry, they must tackle the infiltration of quacks in the industry.
“Without surveying, there can’t be oil exploration. But government is not aware of this because of profit sharing. In order to strike an oil well, you have to determine where to get it and surveyors are in charge of this.”
Akhigbe urged surveyors dreaming to be a big player in the oil and gas sector to study the Local Content Act to acquire the necessary equipment and put resources together to function effective and efficiently in their profession.