BENIN-CITY- Experts in the Built Industry have applauded the Edo State government reforms of digitalization of Survey plans and Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) being currently undertaken by Edo State Geographic Information Service (EDOGIS), and resolved to partner and collaborate with the Agency to sanitise the industry.

The commendation followed a courtesy visit at the weekend on the Management of Edo State Geographic Information Service (EDOGIS) by the executive members of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS) as well as that of Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), Edo State
branch, respectively.

Led by the Edo State branch Chairman, Surv. Hon. Osagie Nosa Idehen, the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS) congratulated Mrs O.G Aihie (ESV) on her recent appointment as the Managing Director (MD) of EDOGIS, describing her as an “astute civil Servant and Estate Valuer” whose performance during and after her tenure in office will be greatly reckoned with.

While commending the MD of EDOGIS for the far-reaching reforms she has introduced in land administration and management in the state, especially the digitalisation of Survey plans and fast tracking of the process of obtaining Certificates of Occupancy within 30 working days, the State Chairman of NIS pledged the support of members of the Institution for the EDOGIS Managing Director.

He however used the occasion to raise pertinent issues of mutual concern as well as areas of possible Collaboration with the Agency.

According to Surv. Idehen, “as an Institution and professionals in the Built Industry, we are ready to support the government initiative on any area, pertaining to Surveying and Geoinformatics… we will partner with the establishment towards achieving her goals”

In a related development, the executive members of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), Edo State branch, led by the Chairman, ESV Austin Aigbekaen, also congratulated the MD of EDOGIS on her new appointment and commended her and her management team for the ongoing impactful reforms in the Agency.

Surv. Aigbekaen who described the MD’s appointment as well deserved and based on merit, added that it gives great joy to the Estate Surveying and Valuation profession, where Mrs Aihie has been a Fellow, for a good number of years.

The professional body used the opportunity to ventilate on a number of issues concerning the profession.

Responding, the Managing Director, EDOGIS, Mrs O.G. Aihie, (ESV) thanked the visitors for the visit and for identifying with her on her new appointment.

She expressed gratitude to God and to His Excellency, Governor Godwin Obaseki for counting her worthy of the appointment.

Mrs Aihie tasked the visiting surveyors and Estate Valuers on strict adherence to professional ethical practices in the industry and requested for a full list of qualified Surveyors practicing in the State to enable the Agency streamline its working relations with the Institution.

The MD asserted that under her watch, EDOGIS envisions to leverage on the template provided by His Excellency, Governor Godwin Obaseki, to deepen and extend the frontiers of Ease of Doing Business, as far as land transactions and administration in Edo State are concerned.

While addressing the issues raised by her visitors, the MD promised to explore the opportunity provided by the courtesy visits to partner the professionals in the built industry.

The visit afforded other management staff of EDOGIS and members of the professional bodies the opportunity to rub minds and exchange ideas on a good working relationship.