Lafia, Nigeria: With an aim to strengthen administrative and land reform activities in Nasarawa State, Nigeria; Sonny Aggassi, the state’s Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Town Planning, announced digital aerial mapping of the state. Aggassi stated that the planned aerial digital mapping will enable different government bodies to synchronise the work of Nasarawa State Geographic Information System (NAGIS), which is currently computerising land in the state.
In March 2010, Nasarawa, under the former governor, Aliyu Akwe Doma, awarded a NGN 499,036,136.55 (NGN: Nigerian Naira) contract for the computerisation of the Lands, Survey and Town Planning ministry and related agencies, to raise standards in the administration and control of land. The project which is still being executed by J.M. Technology Worldwide, is called, ‘The establishment of Nasarawa State Geographic Information System (NAGIS).’
The project aims at computerisation of the entire lands which will enable government to fully harness its revenue drive potentials on land in the state. The project will reduce land disputes, eliminate forgeries and loss of land documents and ease land data storage and retrieval.
The system will also prevent proliferation of unplanned and squatter settlements, provide easy access to topographic and base map, eliminate the nefarious activities of quacks and land speculators, among numerous advantages.