Nigerian Institution of Surveyors has called on the government for a review of land administration policy,with specific reference to Ogun State.
The Chairman, African Planning Association, Waheed Kadiri, made this call at the investiture of the state chairman of the association and the swearing in of new executive members held at OlusegunObasanjo Presidential Library complex, Abeokuta.
According to Kadiri, a former national President of the institution, Ogun State has 167.6 million hectares of land,and 3.7 million population, positing that with the figures, an individual can have access to 44 hectares.
He said, “There must be a review of land administration policy.”
Kadiri, who was the chairman of the occasion, also called on members of the institution to limit themselves to their level of competence, adding that as surveyors, they should not see themselves capable of doing town planners’ job.
He said, “Let us limit ourselves to our competence. We should know our competence. We should know our limit. As a surveyor, you cannot coordinate the work of architects, and town planners. As professionals, we should know our limit.”
In his welcome address, immediate Chairman of the institute, Adetunji Adegunle, said the body was aware of the lack of clear land policy in the state, stating that most of the prime lands in Ogun State were under acquisition.
He said, “Although global acquisition is alien to the Land Use Act, we have accepted our fate in the acquisitions.
He said, it was generally established that government alone could not develop any nation, but in partnership with the private sector.
He called on the state government to unlock the state land.
He said, “The cost of land allocation in the state is not favourable to the Small and Medium-scale Enterprises. Most farmers cannot afford the cost of state land.
“If we really want citizens of the state to diversify into agriculture and other industries, we need to review the cost of land. High cost of land in any state is short-term benefit but what we want in this time of change is an enduring legacy.”
However, the new state Chairman, Nureni Ashaye, in his acceptance speech, lamented that the non-creation of office of Surveyor-General of Ogun State as extra-ministerial department was a great concern to surveying stakeholders in the state.