By Miriam Humbe
The Minister of State for Works, Prince Adedayo Adeyeye has said that surveying and mapping are ready tools available in the hands of government in its resolve to fight and end the problem of insurgency in the country.
Prince Adedayo Adeyeye said this in a Keynote Address at the 2014 Survey Co-ordination and Advisory Board on Survey Training Conference held in Makurdi.
He stated that the purpose of surveying and mapping in national security is to make accurate and timely geo- spatial data readily available to support critical decisions with minimum duplication, adding that “the federal government has been very supportive and sensitive in this area by giving due consideration to surveying and mapping technology, products and projects associated with the procurement of mapping tools for mapping the nation on various scales and themes”.
Prince Adeyeye described the theme of this Nigeria’s Centenary Conference: “The Impact of Surveying and Mapping on National Security”, as apt, considering the level of insecurity bedeviling the country.
He stated that some state governments have also embarked upon mapping using photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Applications, all are geared towards achieving the set goals of National Security.
Prince Adeyeye emphasised the need to promote and improve data sharing, as well as, measures which will ensure that the spatial data collated are readily available and usable by stakeholders in both the public and private sectors.
He also urged the surveying and mapping community to place more emphasis on harmonizing standards for spatial data capture and exchange, coordinate data collection and maintenance activities, as well as, encourage the use of central geospatial database by public institutions, thereby promoting the use of spatial information in decision making and removing impediments to the application of spatial information.
Also speaking at the opening ceremony, Benue State governor, Hon. Gabriel Suswam, who was represented by the state’s Head of Civil Service, Mr. Terna Ahua, enjoined delegates to find time to savour the rich variety of food available in the”Food Basket of the Nation”, while wishing them a fruitful and peaceful conference.
In his welcome address, the Surveyor General of the federation, Professor Peter Nwilo enjoined the public and private sectors, states, multinational organizations and other stakeholders to collaborate with the federal government especially the Military in this onerous task of defending the country.