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Society urges FG to deploy geospatial technology for development




Society urges FG to deploy geospatial technology for development


Abuja, Nov. 3, 2020 The Geospatial Society of Nigeria (GEOSON) has urged the Federal Government to adopt geospatial information technology in all sectors of the economy for an enhanced national development.

GEOSON President, Dr Matthew Adepoju, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday.

Adepoju said that geospatial technology was a field of study that involve Geographic Information System (GIS) and remote sensing that could be used to acquire, manipulate and store geographic information.

He said that geographic information has been used in many climes, thereby enabling governments and organisations to take appropriate decisions.

“For COVID-19, it has been used to know the location of the pandemic’s hotspots and we have some countries that shut down certain cities because the movement of COVID-19 was tracked to such cities.

“The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control can release the number of affected persons with COVID-19 alongside their location so that people within that area can take precautions and the fight will be swiftly handled,’’ he said.

He said that the geospatial information technology was also used in polio eradication programmes, culminating into the declaration of Nigeria as polio free nation in 2019.

According to him, Geospatial Tracking System (GTS) can be replicated to curb the spread of COVID-19 because it monitors what happens and where it is happening.

Adepoju said that the society, under the supervision of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) was collaborating with Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) to monitor developments in schools.

“We have active collaboration with UBEC and we coordinated a nationwide audit where we got the geospatial information about all the schools under the supervision of UBEC, primary and junior secondary schools.

“The GTS is being used to monitor development of infrastructure, the population of students and compare what it was in the past.

“We have about 10 million out of school children in Nigeria, and GTS can help us make projections on how to reduce the number in coming years.

“The GTS can be used in agriculture, environmental issues and in so many aspects of our lives,’’ he said.

The pesident also said that the technology could be used by state governments for Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) as the case with Lagos State.

” Sen. Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos State deployed GIS into Property Identification Exercise (PIE) that captured property in the state for proper taxation,” he said.

He said that a few state in the country was beginning to key into the technology, adding that income generated through the technology could be used for waste management, road rehabilitation, and job creation.

Adepoju also said that adopting the technology could provide another means of economic diversification that governments at all levels should take seriously.

“The GTS is essential for planning and important for government policy implementation, otherwise a few persons will leverage on benefits of millions of citizens,’’ he said.

He said that the society plans to commence nationwide campaign on the importance of geospatial technology in the nearest future.

Edited By: Abigael Joshua/Ali Baba-Inuwa
Source: NAN

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