THE SEASONED PROFESSIONAL

A seasoned corporate property manager and administrator who has seen 50 years of service in the profession of estate management in Nigeria, was born at Ijebu-Ode in 1938. ESV. Ayodele Gbadebo Sangosanya, attended Olu-Iwa College (now Adeola Odutola College) Ijebu-Ode where he finished in 1957. He wanted to be a Land Surveyor, a profession that was well-known at the time and this led him to Federal Surveys Tafawa Balewa, Lagos in 1958, and was he trained as a Leveller at Akure Federal Government Establishment before being posted out to the field.

In October 1961, he travelled to the U.K in search of the “Golden Fleece” and as he was looking for where to train in Land Surveying he was persuaded to read Estate Management by a Lecturer in Land Surveying. Between 1962 & 1965 he completed the B.Sc (Est. Man.) London degree in estate management.

Whilst waiting for his result, he was invited by Unilever Ltd London for an interview in August 1965. It was at the interview that he was informed that he was being recruited for UAC Nigeria Ltd. He was shocked because he was still waiting for the result of the final examination. He was assured that he would pass his final examination based on their assessment of him at the interview.

Indeed he was successful and continued with Unilever Ltd Property Department where he had already been placed under a seasoned and elderly Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. The training took six months before he found himself in Lagos with UAC of Nigeria Property Division by March, 1966.

Because of the good salary he was given, it did not occur to him that he should apply to RICS/NIEVS to become an Associate of both Institutions until 1968. Some years later he became a Fellow of both Institutions. Between 1966 and 1971 he was placed under expatriates who were Fellows of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. The three expatriate Chartered Surveyors succeeded themselves one by one.

ESV. Sangosanya acted as Northern Property Manager Kaduna, Ag. Eastern Property Manager, Port-Harcourt and Ag. Western Property Manager Ibadan between 1968 and 1971 before returning to Lagos. Towards the end of 1971, the post of ESTATE SURVEYOR was Nigerianised and he became the first Nigerian ESTATE SURVEYOR, and Property Adviser for UAC.

Between 1971 and 1976 he rose to the position of Planning and Development Coordinator (Estates) under an expatriate General Manager who was not a Chartered Surveyor, and acted as General Manager (Property Division) in 1974. During his stay in UAC he attended many courses locally and abroad, including senior and general management courses.

In 1975, the United Bank for Africa (UBA) noted the development in UAC (Property Management-Wise) and decided to have a Corporate Property Department. Mr. Sangosanya was invited to head the Department but having been with UAC for about ten years he hesitated until April 1976 when he decided to take the appointment after much persuasion.

He was with UBA for a period of 18 years and was head throughout the period, rising from Property Manager to Asst. General Manager (Property) to Deputy General (Resources) and Alternate Director (General Resources) in 1988. He also attended a number of overseas high grade Institutions / attachments in Europe and U.S.A. He chose to retire in April 1994 having headed the Property Dept/ Property Div / Subsector from 1976. At the time he was Deputy General Manager (Special Duties) and the edifice UBA House was the last project he supervised to completion in 1994. Currently he is the Managing Partner, A. G. Sangosanya & Co., a firm of Estate Surveyors & Valuers.

During his stay in the above companies, and despite the heavy workload he served The Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors & Valuers virtually from inception (1969) in many capacities until he became the National President in 1988 at the Annual Conference held in Akure. He continues to offer his services to the Institution up till date.

At the same period he participated in the activities of FIABCI (International Real Estate Federation) by attending congresses in many parts of the Western World and the Far East. About 30 years ago in Singapore he was chairman of a plenary session during which he presented a paper on the Nigerian situation at the time. He was at one time Chairman of Real Estate Financing Committee of the body in Paris.

Five years ago he was amongst a few recognized for having attended two Congresses in the same country (Taiwan) within 25 years, first in 1986 and the second in 2011. He was appointed a member of FIABCI delegation to the United Nations about twenty-five years ago, and in the absence of the head of delegation (Nigeria) in Australia in 1988 he led Nigeria’s team (March-past) which attracted a loud applause for his beautiful Nigerian attire.

Between 2010 and 2013, he was the Chairman of the Estate Surveyors & Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria. He raised the fortune of the board by visiting (with the Registrar) virtually all State Branches of The Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors & Valuers (excluding the areas threatened / occupied by BOKO HARAM). He launched the first Newsletter of the board for the purpose of keeping members informed of the activities of the board. He also introduced to the board the need to adopt “ESV” to make members better known in the country and to attract recognition amongst other professional bodies. This idea was well received by the President of the Institution at the time who gave his nod before it was introduced to the generality of members of the Institution who received the idea overwhelmingly.

ESV. Sangosanya is a prolific writer and has presented professional and technical papers at various fora on a wide range of topics including economic utilization of resources, housing, property development, property/management/maintenance, corporate property management etc. He was a former Guest Lecturer, the Financial Institution Training Centre and Lagos State Government Civil Service Fora. He was chairman of First State Holdings that produced the Nigerian Building Industry Annual (1991) and the Construction Industry Annual (1992). He is the author of the Estate Surveyor & Valuer in the Nigeria’s Socio-economic Development Process & Corporate Property Management & Administration.

He has participated in the deliberations of many bodies/committees set up by government/parastatals/professional bodies in respect of policies for the betterment of the society e.g. location of the new Federal Capital, Abuja, Land Use Decree, etc. He also has practiced the profession of Estate Management for 50 years and has continued to offer and share his experiences with his colleagues especially the younger ones.

ESV. Sangosanya was inducted into Nigeria’s Construction Industry Hall of Fame in 2011, Construction and Engineering Digest (CED Magazine). He served as a member of the Technical Advisory Committee off the Nigerian Building & Road Research Institute in the early 90s and Chairman of a session on Land Use Decree under the auspices of the Nigerian Law Reform Commission.

Apart from his Professional utilitarian roles, ESV Sangosanya’s services have been demanded by many services and charitable organizations. A few of them are membership of Tai Solarin University of Education Trust Foundation, Ijebu-Ode, Grand Patron, the Boys’ & Girls’ Brigade, Board of Lagos Mainland Diocese (Anglican Diocese) as Adviser on properties, Board of Governors Adeola Odutola College Foundation, the Cathedral Church of Our Saviour Building Committee, Ijebu-Ode. Others include presidency of the Rotary Club of Onigbongbo, Maryland, Ikeja, Cathedral Church of Our Saviour, Ijebu-Ode, Adeola Odutola College, Old Students Association, and Patron of a number of Church Societies.

He has capped it all by being a beneficiary of marry merit awards from social, clerical and professional bodies. His dream is always to leave a place better than he met it. Consequently, in all leadership positions he served he has always been guided by it. His hobbies include watching live football matches and playing table tennis.

ESV. A. G. Sangosanya is happily married to Mrs. Adenike Omolola Sangosanya who has been a pillar of support to him and they are blessed with successful children, and grandchildren.

We at CED Magazine celebrate you as one of the Nigeria’s Evergreen Built Environment Professionals. Congratulations!

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