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International Right Of Way Association (IRWA)

By Eric Eghaghe

Nigeria is not meeting project completion deadlines because variables needed to achieve success are not being met, an expert has said.

The President, International Right of Way Association (IRWA), Charlse Ebiai made this assertion while speaking with the press after the association's Inaugural annual meeting in Abuja on Wednesday.

He said those handling government projects do not take the planning stage, which involves compensation packages for those affected by the projects, into consideration.

"If all of us unite globally to look at what are the best things to do, then our projects will not last for several years because a lot of conflicts arises as a result of paying compensation. So, a project that will ordinarily last for two years ends up taking very long," he observed.

Ebiai however, advised that the government should imbibe the spirit of carrying everyone along in its projects planning and execution to achieve maximum output.

The IRWA President who said the organisation is made up of professionals from diverse fields, stressed that the formation of the Nigerian branch will held fast track development in the country.

He said:"IRWA is a globally recognised body of professionals engaged in the entire gamut of right of way acquisition exercise.

"It is a multi-disciplinary body cutting across acquisition agents, land negotiators, appraisers, environment professionals, engineers, property managers, relocation agents, surveyors, title experts, geographic information system experts, among others," he added.

Ebiai said IRWA is pursuing a situation where one must be able to, from planning stage accomplish infrastructure projects knowing that Africa is in a dare need of development.

While pointing out that IRWA is not a partisan or money-making organisation, he said: "It is specifically to train people to have good ethics in the way of carrying out compensation."

Earlier, the 10 new executive members were inaugurated and charged to enforce the best professional practices amongst the members.

The IRWA International President, Lisa Harrison promised to support the activities of the Nigerian chapter.