The immediate past President of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors, Mr. Bern Akhigbe, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to carry surveyors along in establishing grazing reserves, which his administration is proposing to create across the country.
According to a statement made available to punhng correspondent on Friday, Akhighe made the call in his speech at the 2016 Annual General Meeting of the institution in Osogbo.
He said, “We are calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to carry surveyors along in the establishment of grazing reserves, which his administration is proposing.
“This will help in many ways and it will ensure that compensation is paid to the owners of the land.”
Akhigbe also called for the inclusion of surveyors on the boards of the National Population Commission and the Independent National Electoral Commission because their services would make the two bodies more effective.
He appealed to Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State to tell Buhari to reconstitute the Surveyors Council of Nigeria as doing so would be of immense benefit to surveyors throughout Nigeria.
The governor asked Akhigbe to prepare an official letter to that effect with a promise to personally deliver it to the President.
Aregbesola said Osun State had continued with its development projects despite the attacks from his traducers.
The Chairman, Osun State chapter of the NIS, Mr. Olugbenga Adeboye, urged the governor to always involve surveyors in his entire developmental projects because of the important role they play.
He said, “I plead with the State of Osun to complete the GIS project ongoing at the Office of the Surveyor-General of the state in spite of the current economic situation in the country; it is expedient that the project be completed as it will serve as a base for adequate revenue generation, apart from other meaningful physical developments, and orderly and conducive environment that it will promote.
“In addition, we want to also plead with the state governor to involve surveyors, especially the state branch of the institution, in all his developmental projects since it is an established fact that surveying is the bedrock of any meaningful development.”