The Surveyors Council of Nigeria (SURCON) was established following the promulgation on 14th December 1989, of Decree 44 known as the Surveyors Registration Council of Nigeria Decree otherwise known as the Surveyors Council of Nigeria (SURCON). After codification, the Enabling Decree is now known as CAP 425 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990.
The Council succeeds the defunct Surveyors Licensing Board which had been in charge of licensing and discipline of surveyors in Nigeria. The duties of the Surveyors Council of Nigeria (SURCON) however differ a great deal from the duties of the Licensing Board which it succeeded.
SURCON normally hold workshops before induction of new members to the body. This year’s workshop according to the President of the Council, Surv. Ganiyu Agunbiade, fnis, was the last contact for successful candidate in the previous year’s examination. He said the purpose of the workshop was to give in-coming surveyors some last minute advice on future expectations in their professional practice. He said SURCON, decided to depart from her tradition by inviting Prof. Pat Utomi as the guest speaker to avail the new inductees and surveyors the benefit of sharing in the wealth of experience of the speaker.
The Title of the paper presented by Prof. Pat Utomi is; “The Duty To Lead”. He said his mission at the event was to challenge on the imperative of leadership, particularly because of the role of professional bodies and business associations in institution building. He singled out institution and culture as critical variables in human progress. He quoted the President of the USA, Barak Obama, to press home why he opined that institution is critical in human development; “… what Africa needed was strong institution, not strong men”. On culture he said he remained passionate about the role of professionals in not only leading the country to greater prosperity in the economic realm but also to more social and political culture.
The Registrar General of SURCON, Surv. Winston Ayeni, mnis, told our reporter that the workshop in prerequisite for intending inductees in the body. He said that has helped in preparing new members for challenges ahead.