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Improved GIS system will boost fight against insurgency — Dons

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The Rector, Kaduna Polytechnic (Kadpoly), Prof. Idris Muhammad Bugaje, has called for improved Geographical Information System (GIS) across the country to strengthen the fight against banditry and insurgency in the North.

His position was supported by former Rector of the Polytechnic, Prof. Ahmed Abdulahi and Chief Lecturer from College of Environmental Studies of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Prof. Wilson Ayeni.

Bujage made the recommendation shortly after hosting the 100 years celebration of Technical Vocational Education in Nigeria, (TVET), which started from Northern School of Survey (now Kadpoly’s  College of Environmental Studies).

He said the initiative would give military personnel advantage over criminals and insurgents. 

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On whether there is a connection between insecurity and poor GIS in the country, Bugaje said: “If you have a good GIS, you can bring Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in to monitor what is happening in your environment. With GIS and survey, we can have a satellite imagery to know what is happening on the ground. And with this, the security will be able to get fully informed.

“Unfortunately, many states are not covered. They don’t even have GIS map. That’s what we try to encourage. We have the best surveyors in Kaduna Polytechnic. We are ready to collaborate with other states, so that we can help them develop their GIS maps.”

Corroborating Bujage’s assertion, former Rector of the institution, Prof. Ahmed Abdulahi said the country was facing a lot of challenges, due to lack or insufficient systems to monitor its boundaries.

“We also need to engage individuals and other countries in this fight. Some people wreaking havoc in Nigeria come from neighbouring countries. 

Similarly, Prof Wilson Ayeni, Chief Lecturer at College of Environmental Studies, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, who represented Prof Muhammad Yahaya, said only  Kaduna, Kano and Lagos states were properly surveyed out of the 36 states in the country. 

“People always say Boko Haram insurgents are in Sambisa, but nobody knows exactly where they are, because we have no GIS system to capture locations,” he said.

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