The members of the Nigerian institute of Surveyors, Imo State Chapter led by their State Chairman, Surveyor Emma Duru today visited the governor of Imo State, represented by the Chairman Bureau of Lands, Imo State, Hon Kingsley Chima Uju, and they posited they came to partner with the government in developing Owerri and improve the internally generated revenue of the state.
The Surveyor also highlighted on the need for proper geographic information system which includes review of Owerri master plan and proper mapping of the state. He stated when all these have been achieved, the Chairman would have done a great service to the State. He also stated that 70% of land owners in Imo State do not remit anything to the state government unlike in places like Lagos and environs and the need to remove bottlenecks and bring policies that will encourage land owners to pay what is accrued to the government.
The Chairman, Bureau of Lands and Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations) thanked them for their response on the need to partner with Imo State Government and also appreciated them for their contribution to internal revenue generation, building control, city planning and urban development. He stated, “The essence of governance is not only to be held but to be seen impacting the lives of the people” and urged them to take the bull by the horns and do the needful to ensure they improve the IGR of the state, “revenue generation should be a strong point of our partnership”.
Hon. Uju Kingsley expressed concern over the incessant collapse of buildings in the state and called on them to find lasting solution to the menace. He however urged them to bring their expertise to bear and assured them that the administration of Gov Owelle Rochas Okorocha is ready to work with them to make Imo Better.
Briefing news men after the meeting, the State Chairman, Nigerian Institution of Surveyors, Surveyor Emma Duru stated they agreed to move the state forward to drive development and bring progress, he also highlighted about mapping of the state and ways of generating revenue, giving value to land both in urban and rural areas.