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Surveyor General hails land reform in Nigeria

Nigeria: The Surveyor General of the Federation, Nigeria (SGOF), Professor Peter Nwilo and members of the Surveyors Council of Nigeria (SUCON) have lauded the land reform programme of Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura and its Nasarawa Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as a model in Nigeria and Africa.

The SGOF, who led a team comprising members of SUCON and the director of mapping, visited and carried out an inspection of the newly commissioned complex of Nasarawa GIS in Mararaba, at the gateway to Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

He said Nasarawa has broken the record as the first state on the way to fully comply with the Survey Coordination Act 1962, as well as the standards set by the Presidential Taskforce on Lands Reform which has advocated for the aerial mapping of all lands in the country.

Taking a cue from Abuja‚ÄĚs GIS programme which was executed by former FCT minister, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Nasarawa initiated and awarded a similar contract to a consortium of firms under Siraj Engineering Consultants, which is providing the GIS, aerial mapping of the state lands in use, as well as creating cadastral districts for planned development intended to phase out the expanding slums in the state, far surpassing Abuja which pioneered the computerized lands administration.

Source: All Africa