By Stanley Onyekwere
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has declared willingness to support states set up their Geographic Information Systems (GIS), to improve land administration process across the country.
In particular, the FCTA said it will continue to collaborate with the 36 states of the federation willing to develop their Geographic Information Systems (GIS) especially in the area of providing technical assistance as well as sharing of experiences and expertise.
The Director of Information and Customer Service, Abuja Geographic Information Systems (AGIS) Muhammad Hazat Sule, gave this assurance yesterday, while receiving the Director-General of Zamfara Geographic Information System (ZAGIS), Dr. Hassan Idris and his team, who were in AGIS/Lands for a one-day technical working visit.
Sule, who received the delegation on behalf of the Directors of AGIS and Land Administration, noted that AGIS/Lands have played host to several delegations from various states of the federation that are interested in establishing their GIS in land management for assistance.
Pledging to support ZAGIS in its quest to revolutionize Land Administration process in Zamfara state, the Director said, the process of computerizing land Administrations in the states can easily be achieved, if the states’ Chief Executives consider it a priority by having the ‘Political Will’.
Speaking earlier, ZAGIS Director General, Dr. Hassan Idris, noted that the team was in Abuja to understudy the process of applying Geospatial Information Technologies for Land Administration, which includes processes, such as land allocation, re-certification and issuance of certificates of occupancy.
He said, ZAGIS is saddled with the responsibility of implementing an integrated Geographic Information System, Land Information System (LIS), Satellite Remote Sensing and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) for land administration in Zamfara State.