Forum tasks estate surveyors on urbanisation, slum upgrade

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The Chairman, Raden Investment Ltd., Niji Raji, has called on real estate surveyors to be more proactive in influencing measures that would facilitate proper urbanisation of the country.

Raji made the call at the Investiture of the 26th Chairman and Executive Committee Members of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) Lagos Chapter, in Lagos.

He said that many cities of the country were rapidly becoming slum zones due to poor attitude to planning and urban renewal.

“I fully appreciate the agenda for the next two years of this branch particularly in the area of strategic partnership.

“We are all aware that in the recent past, we have seen the growth of public private partnerships in real estate development which I believe is a very welcome development.

“However, some of our urban centres are rapidly becoming slums because of lack of proper planning.

“I, therefore, will suggest that this branch creates, if you do not already have one, an advocacy group.

“The mission of the group will be to protect the real estate industry and, of course, your livelihood but more importantly, a strong political action committee with effective lobbying with the state government including proposing legislative reviews in key areas of the industry.

“It is in this area that I believe NIESV, Lagos Branch, should have a standing advocacy group with the Lagos State Government to influence urban policies and promote strategies that specifically respond to the urbanisation challenges of today,” Raji said.

Bode Adediji, the 19th President of NIESV, identified poverty as the major challenge confronting the Nigerian economy.

Adediji urged the Federal Government to focus on policies aimed at alleviating poverty in the country, saying that insecurity, killings, hatred and other challenges in Nigeria were linked to poverty.