By Ochiaka Ugwu
Both the Surveyor General of the Federation (SGoF), Surv. Samuel Adeniran Taiwo and Chairman of the African Regional Institute for Geospatial Information, Science and Technology (AFRIGIST) and Chairman of the institute’s Governing Council, Mal. Mohamodou Keita have described as critical geospatial data to any forms of planning, development and in particular physical development.
The duo who led members of the AFRIGIST Governing Council in view of their 51st meeting on a courtesy call to the Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede at Ile Ife, Osun State explained the importance of surveying and mapping to genuine socioeconomic planning and development.
While calling on African leaders to be fully committed to the utilization of maps and surveying products commended OAU for its support and commitment to geo-informatics. They pledged to consolidate on the existing cordial relationship with OAU while appealing to other tertiary institutions in Nigeria and Africa at large to emulate OAU.
The Executive Director of AFRIGIST, formerly Regional Centre for Training in Aerospace and Surveys (RECTAS), Dr. Akingbade Adewale Olusola while expressing deep appreciation to OAU for accommodating the institute all these years disclosed that many of its programmes have been upgraded to masters and PhD levels.
He also disclosed that the 51st council in its meeting would be taking crucial decisions which would impact positively on issues of land and space management. Dr. Olusola said some of the lecturers of the university would be on sabbatical to the institute.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Ogunbodede commended the Office of the Surveyor General of the Federation (OSGoF) for its recent advocacy on the relevance of surveying and mapping noting that the challenges of the Nigeria are enormous and truly require the products of surveying to tackle. He as well commended AFRIGIST for its contributions to OAU and its host community.
Professor Ogunbodede later conducted the members of the AFRIGIST Governing Council round the ongoing building of the newly established Department of Aeronautics Engineering where he mentioned that the university has gotten approval to construct an aerodrome in view of the new course.