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Surveyors urge to pass geospatial data infrastructure bill

Nigeria: The Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS) has urged the National Assembly to pass the National Geospatial Data Infrastructure (NGDI) bill. The institute said that the bill would facilitate in mapping of the country. Reading a communiqué after a weeklong 47th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Ilorin, the President of the Institution, Surv Bode Adeaga, noted that the country requires a comprehensive mapping of the coastal areas before any major development.

Surv Adeaga said modern geospatial techniques for monitoring of erosion sites should be deployed, adding that such system is necessary to mitigate the loss of lives and property.

The institution said that collection and storage of comprehensive geospatial data is necessary for regulating mining activities.

They urged that there is a need for the production of a topographical map of our cities which are indispensable in the planning of a good drainage system.

They explained that an up-to -date geospatial information (utility and thematic maps) in GIS environment should be made available to facilitate quick location of disaster.

They also noted that comprehensive maps be used as a tool for environmental impact studies on cases such as government policy on industrial pollution.

NIS said that it will consequently serve as invaluable aid in choosing locations for industrial sites to minimise effects of pollution on the population.

The institution also called for synergy between surveyors, NEMA and other governmental agencies involved in disaster management to provide solutions to the numerous problems encountered in disaster management in the country.

Source: All Africa