The Director General, National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA, Dr Halilu Ahmad Shaba has said that the adoption of surveying and geoinformatic systems are indispensable tools, relevant for decision making and policy formulation in governance.
Dr. Shaba made this remark while giving his welcome address at the opening ceremony of the National Association of Surveying and Geo-informatics Lecturers’ Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference at NASRDA headquarters, Abuja.
The NASRDA Boss further stated that accurate Surveying and Geo-informatic systems can help ensure safe and efficient use of land, resources and infrastructure as well as support informed decision-making in a wide range of applications, for the betterment of the nation.
Dr. Shaba emphasized that the aforementioned areas, form a critical foundation for many fields including civil Engineering, construction, urban planning, environmental science, among others.
The Director General said the Agency recognizes the role of surveying and geo-informatics, which led to the establishment of the Centre for Geodesy and Geodynamics, an activity centre of the Agency, with the objectives of carrying out research in Space Geodesy for crustal deformation monitoring, coastal and subsidence monitoring and global mean seal level monitoring.
Dr. Shaba who described the conference as timely, added that it will provide a great opportunity for the exchange of ideas and knowledge which will in turn enhance teaching and learning of Surveying and Geo-informatics in higher institutions.
In his remarks, the President, Nigerian Institution of Surveyors, Surv.Dr. Matthew Olomotalan Ibitoye expressed his heartfelt appreciation to the organizing committee for their meticulous efforts in putting together the conference, stating that it will serve as a forum to discuss pertinent issues, and explore the vast potentials of geospatial solutions in fostering good governance.
Surv. Ibitoye who expressed delight in the surveyors dedication to nurturing the next generation of surveyors and geo-informatics experts, added that it shows the nation’s knowledge base will continue to expand and adapt to the evolving landscape of technology and governance, which holds the key to unlocking the full potential of geospatial solutions.
He further urged them to seize the opportunity to engage in fruitful discussions, exchange ideas and collaborate on innovative research projects on how to leverage geospatial technologies to address the unique challenges faced by the country.
Surv. Ibitoye, while declaring the conference open, reiterated the commitment of President Bola Tinubu-led administration to the welfare of the members, adding that frantic efforts are ongoing to improve the quality of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS) journals to be at par with international standard.
In his remarks, the Chairman, National Association of Surveying and Geoinformatics (NASGL), Surv.Dr. Yusuf D. Opaluwa, said that the current realities of the ever-dynamic planet earth and the challenges of equitable allocation of resources has placed geospatial technology, central to governance system across the globe.
Surv. Opaluwa further stated that Nigeria has been facing a number of environmental challenges that require usage of geospatial tools to proffer solutions.
He therefore called for the adoption and deployment of geospatial technology which will always boost internally generated resources and national economy.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee and Ag. Director, Centre for Geodesy and Geodynamics, Toro, Surv. Dr. Joseph Dodo, commended the Director General for hosting the conference, two years in a row and thanked him for the support accorded the Association so far.
Surv. Dodo, also, alluded to the success of last year’s conference, assuring the participants that this year’s event will also be impactful, given the rich manuscripts submitted for presentation at the conference.
There were goodwill messages from other dignitaries dignitaries also gave their at the event who all called for fruitful deliberations that will at the end of the conference contribute to the nation’s economy as well as boost internally generated revenue.
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