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Obaseki Tasks Edo NIS On Global Best Practices

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L-R: Mr Akhigbe, Mr Ojeikere, Mr Ekhator, and Mr Obaseki

Governor
of Edo State,  Godwin Obaseki has tasked the Edo chapter of the Nigerian
Institute of Surveyors (NIS) to adhere to professional ethics in the
discharge of its duties.

Mr Obaseki
gave this charge when he received members of the association, led by
its state Chairman, Mr Anthony Ekhator, at The Government House in Benin
City on Wednesday.
On
the purpose of the visit, the Chairman of the institution, Mr. Anthony
Ekhator said the visit was to seek collaboration with the government in
restoring the land, river and air assets of the state.
The
governor also expressed strong disapproval for granting of illegal
authorisation by surveyors to erect structures in dangerous locations,
and urged the association to ensure it keeps to maximum standards.   
“There
are people building under high tension lines with series of approval
from your professional colleagues saying it is okay. We have to look
inward.
“I
have a case where we refused to approve a plan for someone to build a
petrol station in a housing estate, but immediately the Adams
Oshiomhole-led administration was over, the person smuggled the
application back and got approval. When we perpetuate this level of
corruption, we are hurting ourselves”, he said.
However,
the governor also noted that it is the collective responsibility of
both the government and the other citizens of Edo State to build the
state because the government has the capacity and interest to make the
state work again.
Governor
Obaseki also noted that his administration was ready to re-direct
things in the state and was currently mapping out landmarks to produce a
state master plan.
He
said, “We need to draft a law to put clarity on mapping and Geographic
Information System.  We need the data to develop a master plan and
attract businesses to the state. We have the will but we need your
professional support to set the standards and get things done rightly”.
In
addition, he granted invitation to the association to attend a workshop
organised by the state government on infrastructure and town planning.
Ekhator,
praising the governor for the steps taken so far to industrialise the
state noted that the association was ready to collaborate to improve the
internally generated revenue of the state.
He however suggested the creation of satellites towns and estates to help de-congest the city centre.

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