Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS), Lagos State branch, has announced a 300 per cent increase in the cost of land survey, New Telegraph has learnt. The new fee, according to a newly-reviewed guideline released by the group, cut across different zones of the state.
Survey plan for a plot of land in Lagos Island, Eti- Osa, and Ikeja, which was formerly N300,000 now costs N1 million. Also, Somolu, Alimoso, Mushin, Agege, Ibeju Lekki, Kosofe, Lagos Mainland, Amuwo Odofin Local Government, which the fee was formerly fixed at N180,000 now goes for N650,000.
Also, Ikorodu, Epe, Badagry Ojo and Ajeromi Ifelodun local government that is currently N120, 000 has been increased to N350, 000. No sooner than the Lagos Chairman of NIS, Mr. Olugbenga Alara, announced the review of the guidelines than Vice President of Real Estate Developers’ Association of Nigeria (REDAN), Mr. Taiwo Ogunbodede, in a chat with New Telegraph, kicked against the increase.
Ogunbodede said the association has consulted its group of lawyers on the abnormal increase in land survey fees by surveyors, adding that real estate developers are going to contest the new fee.
He said: “We are opposing abnormal increase in land survey fee. It comes at a wrong time. It is not practicable, it is antidevelopment and will increase cost of housing project tremendously. We are talking with our lawyers to advise appropriately on the next step to take.”
Ogunbodede argued that the new survey fee would be an additional cost to property developers, which they would pass to home seekers who, he said, were already depressed by the on-going economic recession.
He stated that the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors and its regulatory body, Surveyors Registration Council of Nigeria (SURCON), should have considered every stakeholder in the plan. Justifying what he described as “revised guidelines for cadastral survey practice,” Alara insisted that the increment is “infinitesimal” compared to 17 per cent charge of an acre of land in the rural area in the past.
He said it was a regular exercise being carried out periodically, adding that the objective was to ensure that associations’ members, through their practices, can continue to offer quality service to people of Lagos State. “The process for the review was with full consideration of the prevailing operational cost and interest of the public,” he said.
He explained that the current revised scale of fee has not met the standards if the association considered the components of 1996 scale, which comprised of consultancy and direct cost aspects. According to him, the association only considered direct cost, which bordered on indemnity, logistics, manpower, instrumentation and other deliverables.
Chairman, Association of Private Practicing Surveyors of Nigeria, Mr.Olufemi Odetunmibi, said there was need for public awareness, pointing out that the end product of surveyors’ service is not just ordinary paper, but important document on their land asset to facilitate issuance of Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) from government.
Former Chairman of the Institution, Mr. Afolabi Solesi and past National Secretary, Mr. Olumide Adewebi, said that new technologies that are being deployed to survey are expensive to come by with their cost of maintenance/repairs, coupled with other operational costs. Consequently, he said there was need for the revised guidelines for cadastral survey practice.
General Secretary, Lagos NIS, Mr. Abiodun Adegoke, implored government and the general public to always patronise practicing surveyors in Lagos for their surveying projects as other professionals are being patronised for their expertise.