By Atavure Princess,
The Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS), Delta state Branch, has unveiled a new guidelines on cadastral Survey practice, which will commence on January 1, 2018.
The Institution in a press briefing on Thursday at Effurun, said that the introduction of the new guidelines, which is in agreement with the Delta State Government, is to bring sanity into the survey business in the state.
The state Chairman NIS, Surveyor Abraham Umukoro stated that the new guideline among other things is to protect the public from unwholesome practices by some professional surveyors and their quack agents, because the guideline will sanction earring members involved in sharp practices.
He noted that many people have lost their properties due to quackery, just as the state government losing revenue that should accrued from lodgment of survey plans with the ministry of lands and survey.
According to Umukoro, “the new guidelines will bring about uniformity in plan production for all our clients, through the use of our customized papers which will be introduced by the institution, for use by all registered surveyors in private practice come 1st of January, 2018.”
“With these new guidelines, the public educated on the need to make use of registered surveyors to execute their survey jobs for proper documentation of their properties in order to avoid loss,” adding that a new price regime will be introduced, as cost of production has increased overtime.
He stated also that with these new cadastral guidelines, it is expected that there will be control on the proliferation of fake survey plans, especially with the introduction of the customized Conqueror Papers for survey plans, which is designed for every surveyor with a unique identification.
“The System is designed in such a manner that every Surveyor approved to practice in the state will have a unique identification and other security information captured on the papers allotted to him/her for production of survey papers.”
He also further that clients will be protected as job paid for will be timely delivered, as it will eliminate all necessary delay, as the new system is coming with pre-payment for plan deposit, which will guarantee immediate lodgment prior to the production of certified true copies, this is to eliminate production of plans and sketches not intended to be lodged, which presently had been bringing revenue loss to the state.
The Institution while thanking the state government for efforts to enhance process of land titles, particularly the issuance of Electronic Certificates of Occupancy, said that the government should take further steps to establish collaboration with professional bodies to promote speedy development.