13 May, 2013
President Goodluck Jonathan has announced the readiness of his
government to curb the rising insecurity in the country with the use of high resolution imagery to locate any suspicious changes on the landscape.
President Jonathan who made the
remarks while declaring open the
27th FIG (Working Week)International Surveying Congress in Abuja, said high resolution imagery like Geo-Eye, Quick Bird, Ikonos or digital globe would be deployed to tackle the challenge of insecurity. The theme of the week-long international event which attracted
participants from across the globe,is “Environment for Sustainability.”
The President who was represented
by the Minister of Works, Arch. Mike
Onolememen declared that “the policy thrust of my government as entrenched in the transformation agenda as well as the Vision 20:2020, the global Millennium Development Goals and land reform programmes are expected to receive impetus from the sustainable, fast, reliable and effective service delivery on the part of surveying and mapping sector through efficient acquisition,storage, processing and management of geospatial data and responsive dissemination of geo-information.
“These contributions are critical to solving numerous contemporary challenges facing Nigeria today including: security through location of
suspicious changes on the landscape
using high resolution imagery such as geo-eye, quick bird, ikonos or digital globe.”
He said the move will also address
mapping for delineation of flood plains and inventory of all susceptible
features within them. Wealth creation/revenue generation through effective land administration practices by using improved delineation and identification of properties for taxation/tenement purposes using urban aerial photo derivatives will also be addressed.
Other issues to be addressed include:
erosion monitoring and control using
high accuracy digital elevation models
(DEMs); coastal encroachment
monitoring using laser-based imagery to overcome constraints arising from cloud cover and forest cover as part of disaster and emergency management of ocean-related hazards, infrastructure planning, design, development and conservation through route surveys, right-of-way ROW surveys and hydrographic position fixing.
He regretted that Nigeria as a maritime oil producing nation lacks technical and human capacity in hydrographic surveying due to the lack of any approved course recognized by FIG/International Hydrographic Organisation advisory board at category A or B in the West African sub-region or even Africa as a whole.
“I wish to therefore use this opportunity to request that FIG should help to establish and develop or select and upgrade existing training facilities to a centre of excellence in hydrography. It will also be appreciated if FIG can advocate that relevant donor agencies like the International Oceanographic Commission should assist Nigeria in
establishing a network of real-time
disaster ready tidal stations for monitoring and early warning services in case of marine hazards or related emergencies.
Also speaking, the President of the
International Federation of Surveyors,
Mr. Cheettai Teo underscored the
importance of networking in making
the surveying profession meet the needs
of the people, particularly those at the grassroots level. Teo who noted that the surveying profession thrives on precision,however urged all members to uphold ethical values in the profession with a view to achieving value for money.