By Kingsley Okoye
Senate Speaker Ahmad Lawan received an honorary scholarship from the Nigerian Institute of Surveyors on Wednesday.
Lawan, who trained in surveying at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria and remote sensing and GIS at Cranfield University in the UK after the award, pledged his support for the growth of the profession.
A statement from Mr. Ola Awoniyi, his special media advisor, says Lawan, while speaking at the agency's 2021 scholarship inauguration, has given assurances that he is doing his best to reposition him. .
“Once you get into politics, it's all interesting, maybe very consuming.
“You sometimes forget what other calls you've had, but this particular stock market award brought me back to the track.
"I think this is a very genuine award because from today on I will think more and more like a surveyor, and I want to assure you that I will represent this institution with respect, dignity and all these traits that our institution of surveyors is known for.
“You have a worthy representative in the National Assembly. I am perhaps not the only surveyor in the National Assembly, but I want to assure you that I will do my best to get this institution to reposition itself.
“Surveyors play a very important, critical and crucial role in national development, but in most cases they are hardly given the importance they deserve. I think we need to change that narrative.
“So we should take advantage of the presence of some of us in the Legislative Assembly. Where this institution feels it needs or needs certain legislation to improve its performance, you undoubtedly have a destination.
“This destination will be those of us who are surveyors and our very distinguished colleagues who are our friends who will always be there to support this kind of very worthy course for national development,” Lawan said.
He took the opportunity to assure Nigerians that the government is working around the clock to address the current security challenges in the country.
“We live a lot of insecurity but the government is not resting. The government is not sleeping. The government works hard and all government agencies work hard.
“Every country at one stage of development or another faces challenges. But the difference is that countries that want to achieve greatness always try to conquer. We will overcome our challenges by the grace of God, ”Lawan said. (NOPE)(NAN)
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The Federal Government says it plans to adopt geospatial technology for Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in the country towards diversify the economy.
Mr Samuel Adeniran, Surveyor General of the Federation, said this at the 2020 Geospatial Information System (GIS) Day celebration organised by the Geospatial Society of Nigeria (GEOSON) in Abuja on Wednesday.
The theme of the celebration was “Driving Internally Generated Revenue with Geospatial Technology”.
“Human beings can only manage effectively their present and future when they can predict phenomena with substantial data of happenings in their environment.
“Since money is an important factor for formulation, planning and execution of nearly all human endeavours, the issue of IGR has become fundamental in the modern world.
“With the rising cost of governance and demands of various sectors of the economy on the government, there is need to continue to explore every means of enhancing our financial base.
“Although, surveying and mapping, GIS and remote sensing are not end themselves, the nation cannot continue to subsist in self deception of making meaningful progress without geospatial knowledge and application,” he said.
Adeniran added: “The government is now focusing on the diversification of the economy to lessen dependence on the downstream sector and the use of geospatial technology to harness resources in mining, tourism, agriculture, transportation, land and housing among other engagements.”
He called on stakeholders to provide the government with requisite geospatial data to ensure good decision making, planning and implementation of policies and programmes to improve the lives of Nigerians.
“The 2023 is around the corner, we need to work together with the News Agency of Nigeria and other media organisations to have our reportage online with geoinformation technology around the world,” he said.
He emphasised that geospatial technology was among the top 10 fields projected to become centre of emerging technologies’ development and among the 20 highest paid professions globally, hence the need for practitioners to upgrade themselves.
“Most of traditional professions will be taken over by Artificial Intelligence and robotics in the next few decades.
“This is a clarion call for all of us to acquire more skills and read extensively to be well positioned for the rapid development in the field of geospatial science and engineering,” Adepoju said.
Prof Joseph Akinyede, Chairman, GEOSON Board of Trustee, said that the realisation of a country’s sustainable socio-economic development depended on availability of geospatial information.
“Geospatial technology must be part of a nation’s infrastructure such as in transportation, healthcare, telecommunications and accorded same level of support and priority because it provides geographic information of the country in terms of asset and potential.
“Increase in sharing quality data will lead to efficient management of the nation’s natural resources and environment resulting in quality life of the people,” Akinyede said.
According to him, geospatial technology experts complement other professionals, so there is need to work in synergy to develop the country.
Dr Francis Chizea, Acting-Director of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), said geospatial technology will be useless without strong reliable dataset.
Chizea, represented by Dr Godstime James, said ” the agency is championing the GRID3 programme to provide demographic, geographic and settlement data of the country.
“The agency is pushing for the revatilisation of National Geospatial Data Infrastructure to have uniform fundamental dataset which we can build geospatial data required for IGR.”
Geospatial Technology is an emerging field of study that includes GIS, Remote Sensing (RS) and Global Positioning System (GPS), that enables institutions to acquire data referenced to the earth and used such for analysis, modeling, simulations and visualisation.
Edited By: Ali Baba-Inuwa
Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology has urged Nigerian scientists to explore space technology towards national development.
The theme of the event was “Geospatial Technology, a panacea for 21st century economic development.”
Onu, represented by Dr Francis Chizea, Acting Director-General, National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), said that Nigeria has repositioned itself in space technology being the first to explore space and satellite technology in Africa.
“The benefits of space technology include -providing data for the government where human being cannot access to make informed decisions and policies.
“Nigeria has raised the bar in Science and Technology development by leading in space technology and launching of satellites in space.
“The launch of the satellites was to enable the country acquire accessible data to engage in researches for sustainable development.
“It is time for relevant stakeholders to utilise space spinoffs like geographic information that can help government make informed decisions for the good of our citizens,” he said.
Onu said that the proposed GEOSON Bill will help strengthen geospatial technology and space programmes in the country when eventually passed into law.
The Emir of Nassarwa, Alhaji Ibrahim Jibril, in his keynote address, called for a reliable geographic database on water resources in the country towards boosting the economy.
Jibril said the country has the human capital and expertise to boost its blue economy.
“Nigeria is surrounded by water in many areas, it is important to deploy geospatial technology to harness resources in water for blue economy.
“The water resources can boost the blue economy because one out of three economy activities can be done around water, like logistics and hospitality for recreation and tourism.
“Nigeria over decades depended on oil and the Federal Government since 2005 has been talking about diversifying the economy through Economy Recovery and Growth Plan and we feel that the blue economy is one sector that cannot be neglected.
“You cannot delve into harnessing water resources successfully if you don’t have a reliable data.
“GEOSON should come in to harness these resources and put it in a structured database so that it can be accessed and decision makers can utilise the data from an informed position,” he said.
GEOSON President, Dr Matthew Adepoju said there was need for the country to prioritise on utilisation of Geoinformation Science and technology.
Adepoju said that the technology can be deployed through well structured policies and programmes that will facilitate the realisation of the benefits of spatial dataset for informed decision and the achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)in the country.
According to him, there are enormous challenges ranging from insecurity, unemployment and infrastructure deficit facing the country which the application of geospatial technology, digitisation and knowledge-based economy can address.
“The current reality is that the world has entered the Fourth Industrial Revolution, we have moved into the robotic age powered by Artificial Intelligence built on spatial datasets.
The draft of GEOSON Bill designed to regulate activities in the profession has been submitted to the National Assembly and is at advanced stage to ensure the National Geoinformation Policy became an Act of Parliament soon,” he said.
Dr Samuel Adeniran, Surveyor General of the Federation said that the government has been faced with lots of challenges lately, especially the Coronavirus pandemic.
Adeniran said that in some areas, the government was not fully informed on the benefits of geospatial information technology, hence needed the efforts of experts to enable it deliver on its laudable promises for the benefit of citizens.
Sen. Boroffice Ajayi, Deputy Senate Majority Leader,said the theme of the conference was apt, considering that the country was grappling with economy recovery and diversification.
” Geoinformation Science and Technology has a big role to play for the country in different sectors to ensure development,” he said.
Ajayi pledged to sponsor the GEOSON Bill and to ensure that it received the desired attention towards quick passage.
Dr Francis Chizea, Acting Director-General NASRDA said the agency was at the advanced stage of launching an additional satellite to complement existing ones for the support of geoinformation systems.
Geospatial technology is an emerging field of study that include Geographic Information System (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS) and Global Positioning System (GPS),which enable entities to acquire data referenced to the earth, used for analysis, modeling, simulations and visualisation.
The experts, Dr Seyi Fabiyi, of Kampala International University, Uganda, and Mr David Afolayan, a GIS expert, gave the charge on the side lines of a boot camp for students of the University of Ibadan on Monday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the boot camp was organised as a collaboration between the University of Ibadan, GisKonsult Ltd and other stakeholders in the GIS industry in Nigeria.
The experts emphasized the need for the adoption of cutting edge technology in order to easily access the locations and assess the features of property in Nigeria.
“The use of GIS tools would enable lending agents to know the true owners of property before using the property as collateral for loans’’, they asserted, while encouraging valuers and managers to adopt the GIS technology because is it now the global best practice.
“The problem is that there is no database. The database, which is supposed to exist in the government, is what we are trying to develop as we are trying to introduce electronic property management systems for the Ministry of Lands.
“By the time we are through with it, Ibadan will be fully captured. Then people will have information about any property in the state,” Fabiyi said.
He noted that the technology would thrive on data captured and help to identify fraudsters who may want to hide under any disguise to take loans from banks.
“The bank can go and search for the documents from the database to know the true owner of a property.
“So, when we have a database, it makes it easier for practising surveyors, valuers, property managers, even banks and lending agents, to be able to know the real owners of any property’’, he added.
He stressed that GIS is now the major tool used globally to solve land administration and property management issues and that by the time the GIS database is developed for Nigeria, stakeholders would be able to log unto it.
Fabiyi said that they had so far established three GIS laboratories, fully equipped with all the complementary hardware and software, so that all the property in Ibadan can be registered.
“These include such information on property as the building footprints, the owners of the building, the location of the building and the type of use. Once these are made available, we can manage transactions on property in Ibadan city’’, he explained.
Fabiyi, who is also the GIS Consultant for Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project, challenged the students at the boot camp to proffer solutions that will address problems in their environment.
Mr David Afolayan, the Chief Executive Officer of GIS Konsult, Ibadan, and convener of the Geo-Hackathon boot camp, said the training would empower students to be solutions providers.
“One core aspect we are doing here is Geographic Information Systems (GIS). It is a technology that helps you to understand what is where; it is an integration of the computer software, the hardware, the people and the data for solving problems,” he said.
He stated that knowing the spatial distribution of property located in places, one would be able to identify any property that are within risk areas of flooding, or other environmental conditions or those susceptible to health problems.
Afolayan said GIS would help the government or individuals to plan better, to develop adequate policies that would mitigate problems.
“Part of that solution we are looking at is to create an App that the general public can use to verify information about a property, whether it is at risk, and the kind of risk it is exposed to, and also to know if it is worth acquiring a piece of land or not in that location.
“It will also help property managers to be able to understand where to invest in and watch how their property appreciates over time,” Afolayan said.
Edited By: Nkiru Ifeajuna/Mouktar Adamu
An Egyptian-born German citizen who works for the official government press office is to be formally charged with spying for Egypt, federal prosecutors said on Monday.
The unnamed man, who is alleged to have worked for the Egyptian intelligence services for years, is set to be tried in Berlin.
Germany’s domestic intelligence services announced in their annual report in July that they had been investigating the 66-year-old man since December, when his home was searched.
He has not been detained.
According to the federal prosecutors, the man worked for the German government’s Federal Press Office from 1999.
His work for Egypt’s General Intelligence Service (GIS) dates back to at least July 2010, after he was recruited by the Egyptian embassy in Berlin.
Prosecutors do not believe the man, a middle-ranking civil servant, ever had access to secret government information.
Instead, he allegedly evaluated German media reports on Egypt, making use of the facilities available to him at the press office.
He is also alleged to have provided the GIS with a possible source, although an attempt at recruitment in period 2014 to 2015 failed to produce results.
In return he anticipated favourable treatment from the Egyptian authorities.
His superior in Egypt assisted the man’s mother with applying for her pension. He was also invited to official receptions.
Edited By: Fatima Sule/Wale Ojetimi
Education: Changing youths mindset on get-rich approach to life
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Incontrovertibly, preference for material gains (wealth) to the pursuit of education among the youth is trending by which some of the youth consider learning as a “waste of time’’.
In recent times, there has been a continuous campaign on social media platforms by some youths who believe going to school to get western education as a “waste of time’’ because of their erroneous belief that formal education does not have any correlation with wealth.
Concerned citizens, therefore, express concern about the development with an observation that if the society does not change the younger generation’s tendency for getting rich without regard for proper education or vocations, contemporary youths and future generations will continue to see education as a rip-off scheme.
They cite the recent development in a reality show — Big Brother Naija – in which a youth, Olamilekan Agbeleshe (Laycon) won the Season 5 of the show to get the biggest prize ever, value at N85 million, including the grand prize of N30 million.
In show of love for his feat in the show, the youth walked across major streets and markets in the Abeokuta, Ogun, giving free recharge cards to passers-by for voting in support of Laycon.
Analysts observe further that in competitions involving subjects in education, winners are rewarded less than their expectations.
Prof. Oyesoji Aremu, the immediate former Director Distance Learning Centre, University of Ibadan, observes that the youth are of the notion that school is a “rip-off’’ because their expectations are not met by what school gives.
Similarly, Dr Promise Adiele, Department of English, Mountain Top University, notes that it is worrisome to see the educated youth scorned while “illiterates and semi-literates’’ present themselves in the corridors of power.
Observing that not less than 90 per cent of young graduates are without jobs, he notes that many of them have taken to menial duties to survive.
“All the lectures, assignments, projects, fieldwork and thesis they wrote amount to nothing, since they eventually revert to menial jobs, suffocating the space for those who never went to school,’’ he observes further.
Irrespective of the opinions of the youth on the relevance of education to wealth acquisition and development, stakeholders in education insist that education develops a country’s economy and society; therefore, it is the milestone of a nation’s development.
They note that education is the foundation of society that brings economic wealth, social prosperity and political stability and that economic and social status depend on education obtained by individual since education contributes to individual capability in managing quality of life.
They, therefore, solicit holistic approach to education and a good reward system that will change the erroneous belief among the youth that attending school to acquire education is a “waste of time’’.
But Prof. Yemi Akinrinmade, a lecturer and National President Methodist High School Ibadan Old Students’ Association, says whoever thinks education is a waste of time should try being ignorant and check the outcome of ignorance.
He enjoined parents to motivate their wards towards their studies to be able to harness the opportunities that education brings.
Mrs Edem Ossai, a public affairs analyst and a legal expert, believes that the social media campaign in support of the belief of the youth in that regard is growing because “new images of success have been created.
“One of the trends we are witnessing, especially through entertainment, is that new images of success are being put forward in the minds of young people.
“New icon of success largely because Nigeria has become a place where efforts do not necessarily yield results.
“There are evidence of people who went through formal education and came out into the society and could not clinch a simple job; signalling to young people that education is not the route to success’’, she notes.
Ossai says to change the narrative and make education attractive the nation’s reward system must be functioning and sustainable.
“There is a need to build complete trust in the nation’s institutions and provide sustainable ways to tackle cybercrime and other vices.
“If you want people to pursue a path, you must show them a reward at the end of such a path, government must work hard to expand the sectors of our economy so that we can create jobs for young people.
“Otherwise, we are signalling to young people that going to university is not an effective way to pursue life’s outcome,’’ she observes.
According to her, there is a need to work with the entertainment industry to put forward positive models and messages to the youth that hard work, honesty and integrity pay.
The public affairs analyst also wants creativity and innovation to be emphasised and also that youths should deploy technology for positive and rewarding business opportunities.
Also, Mr David Afolayan, Chief Executive Officer, GIS Konsult, says qualitative education should be the focus so that youths can fit into industries after schooling.
He advocates total overhaul of the education sector, stating that students are being taught to memorise things instead of critical thinking that can help to solve challenges in the industry.
Afolayan notes that school curriculum should be upgraded and updated to international standards so that students can have global competitiveness.
According to him, until education in Nigeria is revamped, youths will continue to lose interest as well as those in the industry as many Nigerian graduates are unemployable.
“To even fit into entrepreneur, critical thinking and problem solving acumen are needed aside from other skills.
“The Nigerian syllabus has been the same, teachers lack motivation and they keep reading from ancient notes they made over decades ago.
“All these have to stop to put an end to the trendy social media notion on education; there are jobs in Nigeria contrary to what people say that there are no jobs; but are there people competent to take on these jobs, do we have the expertise required?
“Government must invest in education and also collaborate with the private sector to make a turnaround in the decay that is obvious in the sector,’’ Afolayan observes.
But Prof. Olugbenga Ehinola, Head of Department, Geology University of Ibadan, observes that the length of time spent from primary school level to tertiary institutions in acquiring education may have contributed to the notion.
“If someone spends more than 20 year acquiring education and another person spends at most five years learning a trade or being an artisan, whereas the latter became successful in terms of money.
“The other person who went to school will feel disappointed since he graduated he has no job and had to learn a trade or become an entrepreneur to make a livelihood,’’ he notes.
Ehinola believes that what education does to the mind is to enlighten it and expose people to thrive wherever they find themselves.
He states that how people who have education go about whatever they do justify the need for education even now that white collar jobs are scarce.
“Education exposes you to knowledge which can be applied anywhere and that is a game changer.
“Government should support entrepreneurship through favourable policies to make life easy for young people,” Ehinola advises.
All in all, he advises that there should be de-emphasis on get-rich syndrome in the society and politics should be made less attractive because youths take a wrong clue from the affluence displayed by politicians.(NANFeatures)
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Katsina, Nov. 3,2020 The Katsina State Government says it has issued no fewer than 2,000 Certificates of Occupancy (C of O) from 2015 to date.
The Commissioner, State Ministry of Lands and Survey, Alhaji Usman Nadada, made the disclosure, while fielding questions from newsmen on Monday in Katsina.
“It is my pleasure to inform you that those technical hitches in the issuance of C of O have now been resolved.
“In barely five years, we have executed over 2,000 certificates.
“I am glad to inform you that going by the measures we are currently putting on ground, as well as the anticipated take off of Katsina State Geographic Information Services(GIS), before the end of this administration, the number of certificates executed will increase,” he said.
He explained that a GIS software peculiar to the state had already been customized to enhance the process.
The commissioner also said that the government had provided 120 plots at various locations across the state during the period under review.
Nadada noted that out of the number, 88 were mainly for residential, commercial and industrial purposes, while the remaining 32 were for the government.
The commissioner also revealed that the government paid N1 billion as compensation to land owners whose lands were used for the execution of development projects in the state.
He also said that the ministry had generated N300 million as revenue to the government during the period under review.
“We believed that there is potential in land for a drastic improvement in Internally Generated Revenue IGR.
“We plan to exploit this potential project through some programmes like the GIS,” he said.
Edited By: Maureen Atuonwu
Nigerian states able to capture at least 50 per cent of their property that have electricity connections in urban areas before June 30, 2021 using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) will get World Bank’s $2million each.
The Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) disclosed this in a statement by its Head, Media and Public Affairs Mr Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, in Abuja on Wednesday.
Bello-Barkindo said that the states able to update their property records would each unlock the performance grant under the World Bank-funded States Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) programme.
“However, it is imperative that these property records reflect accurate information about the name of the owner/occupier, size of the land parcel, size of the building, use of the land/property amongst other criteria required by the programme.
“It is no news that States are at varying stages of GIS deployment with some notably Kaduna, Kogi, Lagos, Oyo, Nasarawa, and Gombe States leading the way.”
In that development, Bello-Barkindo said that the NGF had scheduled two Virtual Peer Learning Events (PLEs) on “using GIS technology to strengthen land administration and property taxation” at the subnational level.
He said that the event would be held in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning assisted by the World Bank.
“The Peer Learning Events are part of several capacity building efforts aimed at supporting the effective deployment of GIS at State-level.
“Efforts are underway to provide States with GIS data, orthophotos of property mapping and software to support enumeration.”
Bello-Barkindo said that the peer learning events would have the states showcase their deployment experience.
He said that the event would also avail aspiring states still early in the process of deployment an opportunity to break free of challenges that could hinder GIS deployment at State level.
Ajogbasile said that states were determined to get it right this time and ensure old mistakes were not repeated thus, “the need to learn from the experiences of others who have led the way in GIS deployment.”
“GIS deployment and the consequential benefit of holding accurate land and property records will bring sanity to land administration across the country while ensuring that fair and right taxes, fees or levies are charged.”
Ajogbasile noted that no fewer than 160 persons would be in attendance at both peer learning events including State actors, partners and implementing agencies on the SFTAS programme.
State officials expected at the event include states Project Managers for the GIS deployment; Directors of Lands (Ministry of Lands/GIS Agency); Directors, Property Tax (State IRS); and States SFTAS Focal Persons.
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NGF Chairman and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, said this in a communiqué issued at the end of the forum’s 16th virtual meeting on Thursday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the taskforce was inaugurated in March and was given six months mandate.
According to Fayemi, Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa, who is the Chairman, NGF Sub-committee interfacing with the PTF on COVID-19, while updating the forum, stressed the importance of continued and increased testing in all states as the economy opens.
“Low testing rates at any time will make it difficult to track the correct status of the pandemic in the country, thus making it difficult to make important decisions such as opening of schools, NYSC camps and holding elections,” he said.
Fayemi assured that the NGF, through its sub-committee on COVID-19, would address concerns raised by states on the reception of new prison inmates to curtail COVID-19 spread across correctional facilities in the country.
He noted that all state governments through their Internal Revenue Service would ensure the seamless implementation of tax relief programmes for businesses and taxpayers.
“These programmes which were released in some states since March are designed to reduce the financial burden of taxpayers in the country untill 2021 in some cases.”
He further said that the governors at the meeting received updates on the status of pending COVID-19 interventions for states.
He disclosed that the Ministry of Health had approved the disbursement of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF), facility to eligible states to safeguard government interventions in primary health care service delivery during the pandemic.
The governor also disclosed that the NGF received a Rotary International Polio Certification Award for its role in eradicating polio in Nigeria.
“The forum has made polio a permanent item on its agenda for at least 18 months and is instrumental in maintaining high political commitment and coordination for routine immunisation across the country.
“In the light of Rotary’s recognition of the forum’s role in ending the polio pandemic, governors are called to maintain vigilance to ensure that the structures put in place for routine immunisation are not jeopardised by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Fayemi said.
On property matters, he said that the forum commended the World Bank for the new initiative to support states in updating their property records.
He recalled that some states were already in advanced stages of developing a geographic information system (GIS), that would help gather, manage and analyse geospatial data for spacial planning and property taxation.
Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Donald Ugwu (NAN)