In recent news, the federal government intends to revamp its geospatial data center that has been in existence for 10years with ₦1 billion funds of allocations to produce data. And also to make other products and services available globally.
When all has been put in place, areas like the West African sub-region, South Africa, and Kenyan, will gain the services of more surveying and mapping establishments. With this, requisite data will be made available for all sectors of the economy.
Surveyor General of the Federation, Abduganiyu Adeyemi, who disclosed during a media parley in Abuja, said when the center is fully functional, it will help boost revenue generation for the government.
The surveyor-general further went on to say that the government has shown its commitment by inviting Information Communication Technology (ICT) experts with Microsoft from the United States to visit to assess and resuscitate the center.
He declared: “To further enhance the general capacity of the center in providing optimal services, and real-time products and geospatial data, Ground Penetrating Radar System (GPSR) have been procured by the government.
“This will help in determining infrastructures, such as conduit cables, pipes, and other materials underground. We are working towards overhauling the high-performance data center.”
The surveyor-general also added that: “We have developed a weather station for climate change. It has started generating data to enhance the precision forest of weather while protecting the country’s territorial area to monitor internal security.
“We intend to discourage illegality in the activities of surveying and mapping to maximize economic gains. We have been hearing of collapsed buildings, bridges, and others, as a result of some form of deformation.”
To show that his office is working adequately in discharging its statutory duties, Adeyemi said, “they have concluded arrangements for the installation of new Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS) and restore 10 others in the country.
“Experts from Portugal are currently training 24 surveyors selected from the National Boundary Commission (NBC) and the Surveyors Council of Nigeria (SURCON). With technology, we can determine people entering our country,” he said.