Ilorin, Nigeria: Arc. Muhammad Namadi Sambo, Vice President (VP), Nigeria, stated that the Federal Government of Nigeria would do everything possible to map its geographical landscape to address disaster management in the country. He added that the office of the Surveyor-General of the Federation has been positioned for the task. Arc. Sambo was addressing the 47th Annual General Meeting of the Institution of Surveyors in Ilorin, Nigeria.
With the theme, Surveying Climate Change and Disaster Management, the VP called on state governments to also take up the challenge. “This essentially is what maps and its attribute products enable us to do. The government of Nigeria will do everything possible to ensure that our geographical space is properly and comprehensively mapped”.
Arc. Sambo said the theme of the meeting was apt and timely, added that it strikes the core of the challenge facing the world today. He expressed the hope that the idea from the meeting would help to tackle global warming and environmental disasters in the world.
During the Meeting, the President of the Institute, Yakubu Maikano, said Nigeria needs a National Mapping Policy that would sustain the production of maps in the country. “The Federal Government must produce accurate maps throughout the length and breadth of the country”.
“When government came up with the Land Reform Agenda, surveyors advised government to embark on the mapping of the entire country for the successful delivery of the land reform dividend, especially to Nigerians in the rural areas”, he said.