ByÂ Yinka Kolawole
The Federal government is seeking toÂ partner with key stakeholders to enable effective implementation of the amended Survey Co ordination Act of 1992 could be implemented under the Land Use Reform system.
Minister of Works, Housing and Urban Development, Alh. Hassan Mohammed Lawan, noted in his keynote address to participants at the National Survey Co ordination and Advisory Board on Survey Training Conference in Damaturu, Yobe State, that government recognises the need to provide an enabling environment for the organised private sector (OPS), surveyors and cartographers for effective implementation of the law.
Lawan said that the partnership between government and the private sector would involve the surveyors reviewing, harmonising and co ordinating their operations towards implementation of the amended Surveyor Co ordination Act of 1992.
He noted that this will lead to efficient, effective land use and management which will in turn curtail wastage arising from duplications, adding that the surveying and geo informatics will also ensure compliance with all the specifications; improve national security and improve the practice of surveying in the country.
The Minister therefore called on all stakeholders OPS to partner with the Federal Government in improving the profession of surveying, which, according to him, has become critical in the countryâ€™s development process.
He disclosed that it was due to the importance government attaches to the contributions of the surveying profession that led to the upgrading of the office of the Surveyor General to a full fledged and autonomous agency under the supervision of the Ministry of Works, Housing and Urban Development.
Lawan said that the expectation is that the move will boost the performance of surveyors, while their capacity would be built and upgraded in the Federal Civil Service.
He asserted that the availability and access to land, as well as topographic information are imperative for national food security, including the infrastructure for electricity and water supplies, roads and telecommunication.