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FG tasks surveyors on geospatial data, mapping

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The Federal Government has called on surveyors of various stratums to use geospatial data in surveying and mapping for economic planning and national development. 

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola who made the call said, the United Nations has been at the forefront in the promotion of the relevance of geospatial data and information in national planning and development across the globe.

Speaking at the 2020 Virtual Conference of Surveyors in Abuja, he explained that many countries, especially developing nations are now realising the use of these data to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and good governance.

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“In our quest to fast-track genuine development, the Federal Government is determined to apply geospatial knowledge in all its operations, particularly in the development of physical infrastructure.”
 
Similarly, he promised to focus on critical infrastructure such as roads and bridges, rail lines, airports among others, and pledging to work with surveyors in the country to deliver on these agenda to the people.
 
“The government is aware of the importance of Geospatial products in the provision of infrastructure and other physical developments, so the Office of Surveyor General of the Federation is actively involved on it.”
 
Fashola therefore urged the participants to reflect critically on the issue and come up with useful resolution that will fast-tract the development of Surveying and Geo-information and ultimately the development.
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He said: “Despite the dwindling finances of the Federal Government amidst the nexus of contending demands of MDAs and various sectors of the economy, it is still important to give priority to geospatial inputs.”
 
Also, the Surveyor General of the Federation, Mr. Taiwo Adeniran told the surveyors and other participants that their presence shows the love they have for surveying and geoinformatics profession.
 
He said: “The constitutional roles of OSGOF, such as trigonometrical, cadastral and topographical surveys; its statutory role also includes ensuring effective implementation of Survey Coordination Act of 1962.”

Adeniran said, following discussion with geospatial experts from member states, the Economic and Social Council considered and adopted resolutions to create the UN Committee on Global Geospatial Information Management.

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