AFRIGIST trains over 2,500 students in 48 years
The African Regional Institute for Geospatial Information, Science and Technology (AFRIGIST) has trained over 2,500 students from various African countries since its inception in 1972.
The institute, which was formerly known as Regional Centre for Training in Aerospace (RECTAS), was established under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).
The governments of Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Nigeria are currently managing the institute.
The Chairman, Governing Council, Mohamodou Keita, stated at a meeting held at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, commended the Nigerian Government for the expansion of infrastructure at the institute.
In his speech, the Surveyor-General of the Federation (SGoF), Taiwo Adeniran, expressed the commitment of the Federal Government of Nigeria to the development of the institute.
He also pledged to present the requests made by the governing council to the government through the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola.
Adeniran, also a representative of the Nigerian government on the council and other members were conducted round the various projects located within the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State.
The Executive Director of the Institute, Dr. Akingbade Adewale Olusola, while thanking the Nigerian government for its developmental stride at the institute, appealed to it through the SGoF for a clinic, and release of funds for completion of on-going projects.
However, the projects funded by the federal government are administration block, staff quarters, and renovation of the existing quarters, student hostels, halls, health bay and seven projects of boreholes, which are in various stages of completion.
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