Professional Estate Surveyors and Valuers discuss Urban Regeneration and Renewal as a catalyst for the nation’s growth in OSHOGBO, capital of OSUN STATE. Reporting for CED Magazine, Temitayo Badewole writes…
The 45th annual conference of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) is a deliberate effort to discuss topical issues affecting the development of our nation’s economy. The event which held at WOCDIF centre, Oshogbo, Osun state, was officially opened on Thursday, the 12th of March, 2015 by the Deputy Governor of the state, Chief Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori.
The President of the institution, ESV. Olorogun James Omeru, in his welcome speech, described the conference’s theme as one borne out of a genuine need to proffer lasting solutions to the Environmental, social, economic, and infrastructural challenges facing the urban centres in Nigeria. He therefore urged the Federal and State Governments to make the right appointments, if they must tackle these challenges head-on.
The National Publicity Secretary of the Institution, and Chairman, Conference Planning Committee, ESV. Bature Ali Muhammad, described Oshogbo, as though an ancient city, but the right venue for the conference. He stated that the choice of the venue is a clear indication of what urban regeneration is all about.
“Old cities are gradually giving way to new cities; massive infrastructural development is taking place in almost every state of the federation, most importantly Osun state”, he stressed.
The second Vice-President of the Institution, ESV. Roland Abonta, presented the lead paper on the conference’s theme; “Urban Regeneration as a catalyst for national development” while various other papers were presented by prominent professionals such as ESV. Abolade Nurudeen Abiola, ESV. (Chief)P.C. Ozili, ESV. Ezenwa M.C. Odigbo, ESV. Bature Ali Muhammad, ESV. Israel Okey Ogbonna, among others.
The event still ongoing till Saturday, the 14th of March 2015, presents an avenue for a positive discourse that will provide more avenues for income generation for the profession, and the nation at large.