Stakeholders charge FG following illicit surveys, which violates the rules and regulations guiding survey works across the country.
Hence, following the Survey Coordination Act 1962 will foster other sectors, to work towards progress and a sustainable economy. Thereby maintaining good governance and safety for the citizens.
During the Collaboration Forum in Abuja, stakeholders charge FG following illicit surveys, not to take the issues overseeing the surveying and mapping approach in the country with a nonchalant attitude. And that they should work towards improving good business culture.
Mr. Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Works and Housing, explained how paramount the issue has been put into consideration.
Despite the developmental steps the government has shown during many challenges. One of which is the recurring insecurity that has led to numerous distressing news across the country.
He also said, “It is evident that surveying and mapping practice in Nigeria and the world in general, is rapidly changing as the skills required in the past are giving way to new technological innovation”. It makes the implementation of the Act not only important but also necessary.
He further expressed it as the bedrock of any meaningful headway to attaining innovations. And so, people should adhere strictly to the regulations guiding the practice of surveying.
Furthermore, he says, this can only be achieved through professionalism by qualified and competent persons.
The attention of the Surveyor-General of the federation was drawn during a goodwill message by the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, to implement the Act for the security of Nigerians.
The honorable minister also stated that “Nigeria is not only threatened from outside the borders but more so within the country’s territorial land, such as the menace of kidnappers, bandits and cattle rustlers, which have continued to pose challenges to our collective security”.
Speaking on Reformation and implementation of Survey Coordination Act, Dr. Joseph Ochogwu of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution.
Expressed the Issues, Challenges, and the need for Collaboration, since the sector is currently at a crossroads and needs policy direction.
He also said for up-to-date planning, data is required in areas such as the construction of roads, railways, airports, waterways, industrial and housing estates, farm settlements, and other economic and physical infrastructure, desertification, erosion, flooding, pollution, and land degradation,”
Ochogwu also stated that surveying and mapping are essential peace and security tools for conflict prevention, management, and resolution in society as well as critical for development and governance.
Although in recent news, the Surveyor-General of the Federation, Abuduganiyu Adebomehin. Expressed saying, because of the dynamic nature of the ecosystem and human activities, the implementation of the Act will be impossible without the collaboration of the military and other security operatives.