In 1954, the first Nigerian Estate Surveyor and Valuer, John Wood Ekpeyong, graduated from the
University of London with B.Sc degree in Estate Management. Since then, the profession has
witnessed phenomenal and tremendous growth.
The profession gained limelight in the country when, in 1969, a group of qualified Chartered (General Practice) Surveyors formed what is known as the Nigeria Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV),
as a non-profit voluntary professional organization to cater for the interests of the Landed profession
in Nigeria,Six years later, it was accorded Government recognition by the promulgation of the Estate
Surveyors and Valuers (Registration, ETC) Decree No. 24 of 1975, now CAP III (Laws of the federal Republic of
Nigeria) 1990. By this legislation, Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria (ESVARBON)
came into being as the Regulatory Body for the profession.