‘Survey is an economic imperative for Nigeria’s growth’
As part of the Federal Government’s effort to provide geo-partial needs for Nigeria and the West African sub-region, the Office of the Surveyor General (OSGOF) has restated its commitment to building a data centre with high capacity to transmit all encompassing geo-data services.
Speaking at a collaborative forum with the Nigerian College of Aviation and Technology (NCAT), Zaria, Ebisintei Awudu, the Surveyor General of the Federation (SGOF), said his office was already partnering all relevant stakeholders including the Armed Forces and other security outfits to make available necessary impactful survey data as it applies to every sector of the nation’s economy.”
Awudu described NCAT’s collaboration with OSGOF as a bold step at the right time and re-affirmed that the office and the college have always enjoyed good and symbiotic relationship which has resulted in NCAT’s support for manpower development of OSGOF’s personnel.
According to him, “we have the capacity to meet the geo-spatial needs of the nation, and considering the visibility problem in Aviation Industry over the years, OSGOF has a role to play as the apex mapping agency of the nation saddled with such statutory mandate.”
Earlier on, the Team Lead, Visual Flight Rules (NIG-VFR) and NCAT’s Rector, Captain Abdul-Salami Mohammed, thanked the SGOF and his management for their immense support and existing good relationship.
He stated that “the visit to seek further collaboration with OSGOF on the provision of maps that would facilitate Aerological Chart, which serves as a roadmap on air to guide pilots during flight operations, is long overdue.”
Mohammed stressed that Chart is so important to enhance navigation and location of landmarks such as rail lines, natural obstructions, telecommunication masts, as well as restricted areas. He commended OSGOF’s Management for their “professional and detailed experience displayed during the visit.”
On the occasion, the SGOF (Surv. Awudu) received the college’s award of excellence.