October 15, 2015

Use mappings, drones to fight insecurity, experts tell Buhari

Use mappings,  drones to fight insecurity,  experts tell Buhari

By Daud Olatunji

ABEOKUTA-Security experts have tasked President Muhammadu Buhari on the usage of drones and effective mapping system to fight insecurity, especially at the border areas.

Surveyors under the auspices of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS) and seasoned security experts, including Ade Abolurin, retired commandant-general, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps gave the advise.

The league of experts attended a symposium on security challenges organised by the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors, (NIS), Ogun state branch in honour of its former chairman, Adefemi Sanyaolu in Abeokuta on Thursday.

He noted that insecurity and insurgency could only be fought effectively with updated mapping system and the use of drones as surveillance.

Speaking on the topic: “Challenges in Defending Nigerian Territory Without Updated Maps”, Ade Abolurin, disclosed that increasing challenges arose from the porosity of Nigerian borders .

He called for urgent and improved collaboration between armed forces and office of surveyor-general on updated mapping system against insurgency.

Abolurin, who was represented by Akinwande Aboluwoye, commandant of NSCDC, Ogun state command noted that poor performance of mapping system in the country had created room for illegal activities along Nigerian borderlines and aggravated insurgency in form of Boko Haram, saying it was high time Nigeria improved on her surveillance and security measures.

The retired commandant-General said that NSCDC had trained its men of the usage of drones to fight insecurity and had acquired two drones for the surveillance of flash points.

He added that updated mappings, effective surveying and usage of drones would only prevent insecurity, but would also resolve land-based crises among warring ethnic groups in Nigeria.

He said, “It is very imperative for military to be in contact and in consultation with the office of the surveyor-general in the area of proper surveying and mappings in order to effectively tackle insecurity, insurgency, especially Boko Haram and other terror activities.

“Surveying and updated mappings across the country will, in doubt, prevent security threats, insurgency, illegal influx of people into the country, human trafficking among other security issues, and resolve land-based conflicts among ethnic groups in Nigeria.”

Corroborating Abolurin, chairman of Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS), Ogun state branch, Tunji Adegunle, said, “Insurgency has become the most topical issue of discourse in Nigeria today. The most notable security challenges in Nigeria are Boko Haram, kidnapping, oil theft, Fulani herdsmen and vandalization of pipelines.

“The use of updated map derived from images from satellite, unmanned aerial vehicle (drones) and others is a vital tool to fight insurgency. The continuous monitoring of activities in the region of war through the use of satellite images and geographical information system will be an effective way of strategizing against enemy.”