Lagos takes new survey mapping, following the APPSN housing scheme, changing the measurement parameters that affected the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) issued 40 years ago.
Now the physical location of the property to a small degree has been adjusted and surveyors can thereby take accurate measurements through different technological equipment.
The chairman of the Lagos chapter, Rafiu Adaranijo, Private Practising Surveyors of Nigeria (APPSN), a subgroup of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors, made it known during the yearly general meeting and Luncheon, themed: “Professionalism and Longevity: Addressing the Dimensions of Wellness and Personal Health,” advised residents to seek information on the new Lagos survey mapping.
He also went further saying: “They remapped the whole of Lagos, using the new technology to solve problems like location shift as a result of a new owner wanting to do a change of title”.
“We realized that the state government has improved its mapping and changed the coordinates.
“That is why we created a new Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) in Lagos State and with that, there is no way we can use the old instruments.”
Rafiu said the procurement of instruments was a challenge. And so the association’s partnered with instrument vendors to acquire RTK Multiband GPS (Emlid). Enabling receiver for members to pay in installments.
“This instrument procurement scheme to date has about 45 subscribers, while over 120 surveyors are currently accessing the CORS service even from the Office of the State Surveyor-General,” he said.
Property owners were urged by Rafiu to seek clarification from surveyors on how to reassess every mapping activity done.
Speaking on the proposed Surveyors Estate, he said, over 520 practicing surveyors in Lagos deserved decent and affordable homes, adding that the project would take off before July.
Rafiu said the association was adopting measures to ward off quacks while appealing to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to ensure surveyors are engaged in all projects.
Summoning the attention of all tiers of government, Rafiu said partnering with surveyors in projects will inhibit building collapse and construction failure across the nation.
Well, for the time being, the guest speaker and Associate Professor at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Dr. Okezie Kanu, advised surveyors to shun isolation.
And that embracing interactions and engaging in regular exercises to improve mental health and wellness.
He also said mental health is the foundation of all wellness, hence, professionals should remain healthy physically and mentally for efficiency.
Earlier, the National President of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS), Dr. Oluwamotemi Olukayode, represented by Mr. Adewebi Vincent, encouraged surveyors to be the best they could be health-wise and emotionally.
He also makes a closing remark saying, “Your greatest asset is yourself. That is why you must take care of your health,”