Osogbo, Nigeria: Nigerian Federal government will continue to work with the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile – Ife (OAU) and other relevant stakeholders, to ensure the sustainable management of forest in the nation, through the application of state-of-the-art GIS, according to John Odey, Minister of Environment, Nigeria.
The minister was speaking on the use of remote sensing and GIS for forestry management in Nigeria at the National Training Workshop, held at OAU. Odey added that the government will provide substantial ecological fund for the national afforestation programmes in Nigeria.
Professor Ayobami Salami, Head, space applications and environmental science laboratory, OAU, observed that “the rank of remote sensing experts trained in the 70s and 80s has been decimated by natural attrition and unstable government policies, with no clear-cut succession plan in place.”
He said there is currently a dire need to build technical capacity of the staff at the federal and states levels so that the staff can professionally manage and monitor the forests with the aid of space technology.