By Ochiaka Ugwu
The Office of the Surveyor General of the Federation (OSGoF) is being repositioned towards increasing and strengthening Nigeria’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) base as well as providing the needed geospatial inputs as part of support system to relevant authorities in order to resolve other social and environmental challenges.
In a press statement released in Abuja and signed by OSGoF Head of Press and Public Relations, Mr. Abu I. Michael, it noted that Surveyor General of the Federation (SGoF), Surv. Samuel Adeniran Taiwo said this during an interview with Fortissimo Communication Limited for a documentary being packaged by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing for further public awareness creation.
“Surv. Taiwo disclosed that OSGoF was already on partnership arrangements that would enable credible private companies provide a good number of Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) that would be installed across the country.
“He explained that CORS which is a kind of satellite that allows streaming of geospatial data and other useful signals. Nigeria according to him required over 2
00 of the CORS pointing out that the Office decided on the partnership with competent companies to help provide the required number to lessen the huge financial burden on the Federal Government’s coffers. “At present, there are only 24 of the CORS in the country”, he noted.
“He also disclosed that the high-powered Data Centre being developed by OSGoF would soon be commissioned. He added that the data centre would enable consumers easily access various geospatial data from anywhere in the country after payment of certain subscription, and that the data centre would boost the IGR of the Office” the statement concluded.