Dr. Kayode Oluwamotemi, president of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors, urged state and federal governments on Tuesday to create geospatial infrastructures to address the nation's challenges with insecurity, insurgency, and intercommunal violence.
During the start of the organization's 56th Annual General Meeting/Conference, which had as its theme "National mapping policies, strategies and spatial infrastructures development for sustainable e-governance in Nigeria," he made this disclosure in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State.
He contends that geospatial information can enhance environmental protection.
According to him, "Nigeria's problem is poor land administration, which is probably why there are community conflicts all over the country, the threat of insurgencies, and most recently the conflict between herdsmen and local farmers and communities, all because our nation is not fully spatially enabled."
He advised state governors to confer extra-ministerial status to the Office of the Surveyor General of the States and make sure that surveyors were in charge of their Geographic Information System agencies for the greatest benefits, implying that it may increase revenue creation.
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