FG to review 58-year old survey coordination Act
The Federal Government has assured that the proposed review of the Survey Coordination Act of 1962 in Nigeria is on course. Surveyor-General of the Federation, Samuel Adeniran Taiwo, who stated this at a meeting with security agencies in Abuja, said the move was necessary to make available requisite geo-spatial information and data for the exercise.
Taiwo stated that there would be proper analysis of stakeholders’ views for good decisions, effective planning and action. He appealed to individuals to volunteer vital information for the review exercise.
The Surveyor General said there was need for synergy and collective responsibilities to tackle insecurity. Taiwo maintained that it was necessary to create other platforms, in view of the emerging dimensions of security challenges in the country.
“There is no doubt that advancement in technology is impacting everything, and the issues of security inclusive. The world requires the use of geospatial science, its technology and applications,” he added.
Speaking during the meeting, one of the participants, Mr. Patrick Eneji, noted that the apex mapping office was statutorily charged with the responsibility of implementing the provisions of the 1962 Act and subsequent amendments.
According to Eneji, the office of the Surveyor General of the Federation was mandated to provide survey and geospatial information and services, facilitate the work of other sectors of the economy including security, agriculture, aviation, education and infrastructure.
He therefore advised the Surveyor General Office to provide geo-spatial standards for the production of digital maps and geographical information, execute vital surveys of mapping in exploration of oil and gas as well as solid minerals.
“The Intelligence Mapping Department should identify ungoverned areas currently occupied by insurgents and bandits, and map out measures to aid security operations.”
Also speaking, the Wing Commander of Defence Intelligence Affairs, Michael Ikuenayo, advised that new protocols and guidelines should be put in place with enforcement, adding that the Act should be streamlined to meet the current reality.