President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged that the Nigerian Government would sustain the deployment of Geographic Information Services, GIS and other similar technologies to help farmers achieve increased production.
The President made the pledge when he received a delegation of the Surveyors Council of Nigeria (SURCON) led by the President of the International Federation of Surveyors, Professor Rudolf Staiger.
He expressed delight that many States in Nigeria were adopting GIS for both urban and rural development, noting that government is also on track in using similar technologies to support farmers to increase their yields.
President Buhari said his administration would continue to work with members of the survey and geo-informatics profession to provide quality infrastructure that would bring prosperity to Nigerians.
‘‘Our Government, in the past 5 years, has embarked on critical infrastructure development and rehabilitation projects across the country. We are designing and building roads, bridges, rail tracks, airports and affordable housing all over the country.
‘‘Our goal is simple; we will develop quality infrastructure that will bring prosperity to millions of Nigerians in both our urban and rural areas.
‘‘To achieve this, we are working with surveyors, engineers and town planners. I am, therefore, confident that the 344 new surveyors inducted into the register of the Surveyors Council of Nigeria will be very busy in the coming years,’’ he said.
Recognition of roles
The President also used the occasion to recognise the roles and numerous contributions of members of the profession to national development, pointing to the design and development of the Federal Capital Territory.
‘‘Indeed, this beautiful city of Abuja, which was conceived in 1976, is an excellent example of the good work delivered by your profession.
‘‘As you are aware, the city we are seeing today was designed and built through the collaboration of many local and international surveyors, engineers and geospatial experts,’’ President Buhari stated.
Professor Staiger told the Nigerian Leader that he was in the country to witness the induction of 344 new surveyors into the register of SURCON, and the investiture of the maiden edition of the Distinguished Senator Ahmed Lawan Award for the Development of Survey and Geo-informatics in Nigeria.
‘‘For me it is a great opportunity to personally interact with President Buhari whose international reputation of honesty, integrity and selfless services stand him out as one of the greatest sons of Africa,’’ he said.
The President of the International Federation of Surveyors added that the association was proud to be associated with the President Buhari and his government’s determination to revive Nigeria.