By Favour Nnabugwu
Abuja—The Federal Government has charged surveyors in the country to come up with an articulate policy that could engender uniform and reliable geo-spatial information on disasters.
Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen, gave the charge at the 50th Conference of Surveyors organised by the Office of the Surveyor General of the Federation, OSGOF, in Gusau, Zamfara State.
He said that it was imperative for government to have such a policy to accurately predict disasters in the country.
Onolememen said stakeholders in the surveying sector would have to take a look at the laws of surveying in the country and develop a well documented and articulated policy for implementation and management of new technology in Nigeria for optimal management of scarce resources.
The Minister, who was represented by the Minister of State for Works, Amb. Bashir Yuguda, said the 2013 Survey Coordination and Advisory Board on Training Conference, acronym CORS, was one of the innovations present day technology offered surveying, mapping and allied professionals in this era.
He said: “CORS is a set of active stations that work six or 24 hours to give results, as opposed to the well known passive stations.
“They are homogeneous permanent stations which are established to have a universal reference datum and vertical reference frame to support African Geiod.”
He explained that the stations were established to form the backbone of the new infrastructure of geo -referencing of Nigeria in order to achieve the most demanding standards for precise geodetics networks.
“The most demanding standards for precise geodetic networks which will later serve as fundamental point of departure for projects, services or products requiring geo-spatial information in a uniform and reliable co-ordinate reference frame,” Onolememen said.
Earlier, the Surveyor-General of the Federation, Prof Peter Nwilo, said the annual conference was an avenue for stakeholders in surveying and mapping industry to brainstorm on issues affecting surveying profession.