Nigeria: The Federal Government of Nigeria should initiate land reform process through comprehensive mapping of the country, urged Yakubu Maikano, President, Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS). He was speaking at the 2011 Fellows Investiture Ceremony in Katsina State, Nigeria. Maikano also urged all state governments to tap potential of surveying and mapping in development plans.
While expressing their readiness to partner with governments at all levels in actualising these objectives, the president of the group solicited the state governments’ understanding to granting extra-ministerial status to their survey departments without delay.
Maikano, who described Lagos, Rivers and Cross Rivers states as exemplary beacons of development, commended these states for upgrading their survey departments to their new status.
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Muntari Ibrahim, said that government would support all survey legislation to derive its benefits. Alhaji Ibrahim Shema, Governor of the state promised to upgrade the state’s surveyor-general’s office as requested. He directed the Ministry of Lands and Survey, Office of the Head of Service and the SSG, to prepare the necessary documents for the elevation.
He also assured that the state government would continue to contribute its best to the development of surveys, not only in the state, but the country at large.