It is my great pleasure to welcome you all to this great occasion of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS),Ondo State Chapter’s maiden edition of Survey Celebration, tagged “Survey Week, 2019”. I am grateful to God for granting all of us the grace to be here today and to address this distinguished gathering at this auspicious occasion. I know that a lot of efforts must have been put in place to make this occasion a reality. Therefore, I want to appreciate the leadership and management of the Institution for a job well done.
I am pleased to note with excitement the giant strides taken for the standardization and sustainability of surveying as a profession since its inception in 1934.
I am particularly delighted with the theme of this programme: “Geospatial Technologies for National Security”. The topic is well chosen and coming at the time when efforts at addressing security challenges in our Sunshine State and in Nigeria as a whole has become subject of serious concern. I believe that the keynote speaker will do justice to how technology will be used to address the security challenges we are currently facing across Nigeria.
In view of its very critical roles in the development of any community or nation, there must be synergy and interaction with Government at various tiers including agencies and corporate bodies on land matters. Ladies and Gentlemen, since the advent of our administration, concerted and deliberate efforts are being made to engender robust relationship and collaboration between NIS and the State Government. Some of the areas we have collaborated are as follows:
- Regularisation of the encroached Government acquisition along Irese Road, Akure which is ongoing.
- The processes to demarcate and map out the sizes and shapes of Ondo State Government Commercial Cashew plantation at Ago Dada, Ala Forest Reserve, the land for the proposed Ondo/NNPC cassava to Ethanol site at Okeluse etc for further developments have been completed at some locations while some are ongoing and being handled by Survey Department and some Surveying firms in the State.
- Survey and Mapping Department has located and surveyed various sites with a view to providing reliable and convenient landed properties for both residential and commercial purposes. Some of which include:
- Residential layout along Oda Road, Akure;
- a parcel of land along Akure/Ondo Road, Olokuta Akure South where many citizens have secured and commenced developments at various levels;
- Survey and demarcation of 600 hectares of Land along Akure/Owo Road (ongoing);
- 1253.463 hectares of land for Cocaset Nigeria Limited, along Oruju/Oma Road, Ikaro, Ose Local Government Area, Ondo State;
- 1227.465 hectares of land for the proposed Ondo/Guandong Free Trade Zone along Igbokoda/Ugbonla Road, Alade Junction Area, Ilaje LGA;
- 6.429 hectares of land for Winwin along Sagamu/Ore Expressway;
- 150.089 hectares of land for Weewood along Sagamu/Ore Expressway;
- 803.557 hectares of land along Sagamu/Ore Expressway executed by a member of NIS through ONDIPA; and
- 10,000 hectares of land at Okeluse executed by members of NIS through ONDIPA.
Our administration since inception has put necessary machinery in place to ensure speedy approval of survey plan produced by private practicing surveyors for processing of Certificate of Occupancy (CofO) and Building Drawings.
I want to assure you that our Government will not rest on its oars at sustaining this development. Our administration will continue to do its best in creating conducive environment for the profession to thrive in the State while surveyors are also expected to play their roles effectively.
Let me use this medium to implore our people to pay their taxes as and when due. They should also effect correct payments of your beacons fees into Government coffers and ensure that all levies due to Government are promptly paid. When these are accomplished, Government will be buoyant to execute more developmental projects for the well-being of all and better placed to upgrade the Department of Survey and Mapping in the Ministry of Lands and Housing in accordance with the yearnings of relevant stakeholders in Surveying. I want to assure you that there shall be more patronage of members of the NIS in the State.
I want the public, most especially the stakeholders here present, to know that Government business is not only for the people at the helm of affairs, but to see our administration as their own and be supportive. Let us all join hands to take the State to an enviable height.
Once again, I thank you all for coming. I wish you fruitful, impactful and successful deliberations and happy “Survey Week”.
Thank you and God bless.
A speech by Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, Governor of Ondo State. Read more speeches