Huye, Rwanda: Prof. Jean Nduwamungu, Director of the Centre for Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing (CGIS) at the National University of Rwanda (NUR), has urged government, private institutions and individuals to embrace the use of GIS as a way of expediting national development.
He was speaking during world GIS Day celebration. This year, the day was celebrated under the theme: ‘Discovering the World through GIS’.
The annual world GIS Day aims at enabling its users to open their doors to schools, businesses and the general public to showcase real-world applications of GIS that are making a difference in the society and their use to support national development.
Speaking during the celebrations, Nduwamungu noted that GIS technology can be applied in any field, and speeds up the implementation and realisation of one’s objectives. “For instance, one can use it to identify areas for specific crops or in elaborating land use master plans,” Nduwamungu said.
“It helps in decision making because it really shows users where to put infrastructure or conduct development activities basing on factual information.”
He urged the public to make use of the centre in order to benefit from its services. “Individuals or institutions can approach us and we can gather data that can help them identify suitable areas for instance where to set up health facilities, schools, energy plants or any other development activities,” Nduwamungu added.