By Chris Ochayi & Ruth Odiniya
ABUJA – President Goodluck Jonathan declared Tuesday that the country was prepared to curb insurgency in the country with the use of high resolution imageries to locate any suspicious changes on the landscape.

President Jonathan who made the remarks while declaring open the 27th FIG (Working Week) International Surveying Congress in Abuja, said high imageries like Geo-Eye, Quick Bird, Ikonos or digital globe would be deployed to tackle the challenge of insecurity,

According to the President who was represented by the Minister of Works, Arch. Mike Onolememe, “the policy trust of my government as entrenched in the transformation agenda as well as the vision 20:2020, the global millennium development goals (MDG’s) and land reform programmes are expected to receive impetus from the sustainable, fast, reliable and effective service delivery on the part of surveying and mapping sector through efficient acquisition, storage, processing and management of geospatial data and responsive dissemination of geo-information.

“These contributions are critical to solving numerous contemporary challenges facing Nigeria today including: security through location of suspicious changes on the landscape using high resolution imageries such as geo-eye, quick bird, ikonos or digital globe.”

He said the move will also address the flood mapping for delineation of flood plains and inventory of all susceptible features within them. Wealth creation/revenue generation through effective land administration practices by using improved delineation and identification of properties for taxation/tenement purposes using urban aerial photo derivatives.

“Erosion monitoring and control using high accuracy digital elevation models (DEMs). Coastal encroachment monitoring using laser-based imageries to overcome constraints arising from cloud cover and forest cover as part of disaster and emergency management of ocean related hazards.

“Infrastructure planning, design, dev elopement and conservation through route surveys, right-of-way (ROW) surveys, hydrographic position fixing, bathymetric charting, underwater surveillance, etc.

“However, it is unfortunate that Nigeria as a maritime oil producing nation lacks technical and human capacity in hydrographic surveying in particular due to the lack of any approved course recognized by FIG/International hydrographic organisation advisory board at category A or B in the west African sub-region or even African as a whole.

“I wish to therefore use this opportunity to request that FIG should help to establish and develop or select and upgrade existing training facilities to a centre of excellence in hydrography.

“It will also be appreciated if FIG can advocate that relevant donor agencies like the international oceanographic commission should assist Nigeria in establishing a network of real-time disaster ready tidal stations for monitoring and early warning services in case of marine hazards or related emergencies.

Nigeria according to him “is on course in various areas of human endeavour and will continue to contribute its quota to world peace and environmental sustainability”, he said.


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