Institute plans to tackle bogus surveyor cases

Vilimaina Batirerega, from left, Marawa Cabemaiwai, Salote Baleirara, Vasemaca Tamani and Christable Chand during the First Global Surveyors Day at the Suva Bowling Club earlier this year. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

THE year 2018 will see the Fiji Institute of Surveyors encourage all registered surveyors to become members of the organisation in its bid to tackle the issue of bogus surveyors.

FIS vice-president Paserio Samisoni said given the number of bogus surveyors who were duping the public into thinking that they were registered surveyors, the institute planned to have all registered surveyors become FIS members to solidify the profession.

“The bogus surveyors are causing great concern among the general public, even to the point of victims approaching the Minister for Lands and other members of Parliament, seeking guidance and assistance,” he said.

The FIS celebrated the First Global Surveyors Day at the Suva Bowling Club yesterday.

Ministry of Lands permanent secretary Malakai Finau said Fiji faced a shortage of qualified surveyors and encouraged the institute to bring in more females to join the profession.

Mr Finau said there would be a great demand for surveyors in Fiji in the next few years and confirmed that the ministry was in the process of registering surveyors who were qualified.

Surveyor general Asakaia Tabua said surveying was not one of gloom but most definitely one of the thriving professions in Fiji.

“There are numerous long-term opportunities to be gained from surveying, such as assisting the improvement of society through providing survey services and creating new paths for the future generations in our industry,” he said.

Mr Tabua said the code of ethics for surveyors was created with clear and streamlined set of professional and ethical standards to guide all surveyors and ensure that all they dealt with had confidence in the work done by surveyors.

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