By Jude Njoku
The Federal Ministry of Works has announced plans to monitor the right of way, ROW, with aerial photography, satellite mapping design as well as geographical information system GIS. This is to ensure the accurate mapping of all lands in the country so as to reduce reported cases of environmental and other natural disasters.
The Minister of Works, Mr. Mike Onolememen, an Architect, made this known at a meeting between and Israeli-based digital company, Messrs Ofek Aerial Photo and officials of the ministry officials including the office of the Surveyor-General of the Federation.
The ministry, he said, is taking steps in collaboration with the surveyor general office to embark on the mapping of the entire country for the successful delivery of the land reform dividends, especially to Nigerians in the rural areas.
Onolememen stressed the need for collaboration between the company and the office of the Surveyor- General for the realization of surveying and digital mapping of the country. According to him, the measure will solve the problem of urbanization, inadequate infrastructure, incidents of natural disasters and managing them.
The Minister reiterated the need for the company to patronize the Nigerian satellite V-SAT in executing its operation in the country. He also stressed the need for the company to engage Nigerian youths as well as providing capital development and training in order to build local capacity.
He was of the opinion that the department of development control as well as the ministries of DefenCe and Police Affairs could use the aerial photography in solving some of the country’s security challenges.
The Minister of State for Works Amb. Bashir Yuguda enjoined that the company to collaborate with the Nigerian school of Surveying in order to build local capacity.
The Vice President of Ofek, Mr Oded Ephrat, made a visual presentation of the capabilities and technical competence of the company at the meeting.