International Journal of Applied Science and Technology

ISSN 2221-0997 (Print), 2221-1004 (Online) 10.30845/ijast

Establishment of a Cadastral Surveying Policy for Adamawa State of Nigeria
K. U. Orisakwe

Adamawa State is one of the six states of the north-east sub-region of Nigeria. It was created in 1991 out of the defunct Gongola State. There is no Cadastral Survey Policy (CSP) in the state. The state’s survey practice has been with the old method ‘guided’ by the old rules. As a result, the situation of the survey practice is archaic, complex, cumbersome and chaotic. State Survey Ethics Committee (SSEC) is non-existent and no private practicing surveyor is resident anywhere in the whole state. Survey practice has been dominated by the officials of the state’s Ministry of Lands and Survey who seemed to practice without due regards to current rules and regulations. The survey Code of Ethics made by Surveyors’ Council of Nigeria (SURCON) is not adhered to. As a result, the survey practice is at its lowest ebb with few surveyors and many quacks having field day and at liberty to charge fees without due regard to current and approved Scale of Fees. This paper critically examines current practice situation in Adamawa State with a view to formulate a draft cadastral survey policy which will guide the practice and bring sanity to the system. Questionnaires were shared to stakeholders and the responses subjected to statistical analysis and tests. Useful inferences were drawn from them. The paper also tried to offer useful suggestions on its implementation strategies.

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