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Mr Ibikunle Adaranijo, Lagos Chapter Chairman, Association of Private Practising Surveyors of Nigeria (APPSN), on Wednesday advised residents to seek information to understand adjustments to property locations in the new Lagos mapping.

Adaranijo gave the advice at the association’s 2022 Annual General Meeting and Luncheon with the theme “Professionalism and Longevity; Addressing the Dimensions of Wellness and Personal Health”.

APPSN is a subgroup of Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS).

He said that Lagos State Government had done new survey mappings which had changed the measurement parameters, thereby affecting Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) issued as far back as 30 to 40 years ago.

Adaranijo explained that the new survey mapping had slightly adjusted physical location of property which required different technological equipment for surveyors to be able to catch up with taking accurate measurements.

“They remapped the whole of Lagos and if there is a new owner and he wants to do a change of title, the location would have been shifted, so the new technology is helping us in solving the problem.

“We will continue to enlighten our clients.

“We realised that Lagos State Government has done another mapping, so, it has changed the whole coordinates.

“That is why we created this new Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) we are using in Lagos State and with that, there is no way we can use the old instruments,” he said.

Adaranijo said instrument procurement was one of the problems, hence, the association’s partnership with instrument vendors to procure RTK Multiband GPS (Emlid) receiver for members to pay in installment.

“This instrument procurement scheme till date has about 45 subscribers while over a 120 surveyors are currently accessing the CORS service even from the Office of the State Surveyor-General,” he said.

He advised property owners to seek clarification from surveyors on how to have a reassessment of their mapping.

Speaking on the proposed Surveyors Estate, he said, over 520 practising surveyors in Lagos deserved decent affordable homes, saying that the project would take off before July.

“My main aim is for those who are still tenants,” Adaranijo said.

He said the Association was adopting measures to ward off quacks while appealing to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos to ensure surveyors were engaged in all projects.

He also called on all tiers of government to carry surveyors along in roads, housing and all projects to stop building collapse and construction failure across the nation.

“Even when constructing bridges, surveyors must be involved because we are the ones that have the instrument and can know where the soil is sinking to avert building collapse or construction failure.

“Surveyors are the foundation of everything. If you want to construct a road, you must call a surveyo even before an engineer,” Adaranijo said.

He also gave details of health care plan for members while reeling out achievements of his administration last year.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that health checks were carried out during the programme for surveyors in attendance.

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