THE Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS), Lagos Chapter, has urged members to improve surveying practice as a means of securing and sustaining professionalism in the housing industry.
The charge was made at 2014 annual general meeting (AGM), of the body held at Anchor Events Place, Agidingbi, last week, by the chapter’s Chairman, Mr. Hassan Elias who also announced its 10th edition in the series of annual lecture.
He, hinted that the event with the theme: “Improving Human Capacity in the Competitive world”, would have as the guest speaker, Professor (Mrs.) Pauline Kofoworola Makinwa-Adebusoye, while the Chairman is Justice G.A. Oguntade, a Supreme Court retired justice.
Giving the scorecard of the Institution in 2013-2014 annual reports, Elias noted among others activities, that a retreat was organised to acquaint the new Executive Council of the running of the secretariat and its structure and administrative set up, as well as various secretariat commitments.
Besides, a road map was developed for the new executive between early in the year, while past leaders of the branch were invited so that new executive committee members could get information and inspiration from them.
Resource persons were also invited in the areas of information technology and modern management systems. The office of the Surveyor General of Lagos State was also invited.
“In the year under review, the branch had twelve monthly meetings. Attendance at the monthly general meeting was at an average of 240 members that included fellows, full members, associates, probationers and students.
“Deliberations during these meeting were robust, educative and informative. Registration at meetings was done electronically while minutes are sent to members electronically before the meetings”.
He also informed the gathering that the executive council meetings were held twice a month while emergency meetings were held when situation arose. Deliberations at such meetings were aimed towards moving the branch forward with emphasis on the welfare and well being of members.
“Also in the course of the year, a joint meeting of the executive members of the NIS and APPSN was held and courtesy visits were paid to the Surveyor General of Lagos State and Special Adviser to the State Governor on Digital Mapping respectively”, saying the visits were aimed at improving the relationship between these offices and also charting ways on how to improve the practice of surveying in the state.
In his presentation, the Publicity Secretary of the Branch, Akomolafe ademola, also a Surveyor, noted that currently a number of committees are in place, ostensibly to ensure that the Institution’s goals and objectives are achieved. These include: Annual Adekunle Kukoyi Memorial Lecture; Ethics and monitoring; Education and scholarship; Welfare and social History of NIS and Publicity and Programmes.
“Essentially to recognize our elders and appreciate their contributions to the profession a cocktail with fellows which is an annual programme of the branch was put in place. It has been an avenue for the younger professionals to interact with the older generation, said Ademola, adding that this year’s cocktail with fellow was held in honour of Prof. Francis Fajemirokun.
He also announced that 2014 NIS national AGM that was held in Benin City, the capital of Edo State produced an election that saw the emergence of two National Executive Council, namely: Messrs Akin Oyegbola and Olumide Adewebi as the Deputy President and Secretary-General respectively.
“Furthermore, as part of efforts at promoting surveying practice and the practitioners, the leadership of APPSN and NIS jointly addressed a reach out radio programmes to inform the public on sundry issues.
“It is also heart warming to inform you of the rebirth of the Branch’s newsletter. The latest edition was distributed to members free at the November monthly meeting”, he said.