By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Ten persons including a lone female – Shibanah Lara – was on Friday morning (November 29) sworn in as Land Surveyors by the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC).
The 10 persons who took the Oath of Office were the successors of a 34 member batch that registered earlier in the year to study to become Land Surveyors. This is said to also be the largest amount of surveyors in over two decades to be sworn in annually.
According to Surveys Division Manager Rene Duesbury improvements in the area of mathematics and astronomy [where student struggled in the past] have been recorded.
He explained that these persons have not only been trained to survey lands as their title connotes, but also economic inclusive zones, airspaces and water.
Meanwhile, President of the Surveyors Association and Member of the Board of Examiners Randolph Choo-Shee-Nam explained that this year the course was extended from the usual six weeks. He said he could not recall seeing such a large graduating batch in a year.
He reminded the Surveyors moments before taking the oath that unlike academic qualifications if they do not uphold the standard of the profession their qualification can be taken away from them. Choo-Shee-Nam also urged the graduates to draw from the experience of their peers and predecessors and seek further training.
Delivering the feature addressing at the ceremony was Natural Resources and Environment Minister Robert Persaud. He expressed high levels of joy for what he described as an expansion of certified land surveyors in Guyana.
Persaud underscored the need to have not only the quantity but good quality of surveyors. He explained that because of the lack of competence in this area in the past, several transactions were frustrated since they became increasingly timely to undertake.
The Environment Minister joined with the President in encouraging the batch not to allow this accomplishment to deter them from striving for more.
“You have taken the important first step but we want you to also have the requisite experience.”
He told the surveyors that they are entering the sector at a time when Government is looking at way to enhance and make the sector more professional and asked that their conduct be in-sync with service and the development of the country.