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  •   Mr David Afolayan an Information Technology expert says industry collaboration with government on Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics STEM education will help students understand and proffer solutions to the nation s challenges Afolayan who is the Chief Executive Officer of GIS Konsult Ibadan stated this in Ibadan on Thursday in an exclusive interview with the Nigeria News Agency According to him Nigeria can leapfrog into technological development by fostering relationship between industries and the academics He noted that most of the developed countries did the same when they reinvented their education sector to be technology and innovation driven In most developed countries technology has been fully incorporated into education and it is being deployed by pupils and students to solve real life challenges Environmental issues are also being addressed through technology by primary and secondary school students because they had mentors from the industry We can adopt this method also those in the industries can reach out to schools to assist with Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics STEM education Students will learn better under this method and solutions can then come from them to solve our problems because they don t just cram to pass in this instance but understand what is being taught and applying it will be easy Former President Barack Obama of USA during his administration did collaboration between the industry and the academics which he called ConnectED and the collaboration paid off greatly Our students are not just competing with their counterparts here but globally as well so we need to prepare them adequately to be the best wherever they find themselves I believe having mentors and role models from the industry is the way forward because government cannot do it all alone he said Afolayan further said that the quest to contribute his quota in promoting education led to his collaboration with the Association of Nigerian Geographers The collaboration with the association since 2015 was to empower the teaching of Geography in secondary schools and promote the subject as important in understanding other science subjects Over the years more than 500 lecturers and volunteers have keyed into this vision of mentoring schools and we have foreign collaborators as well like the manufacturer of GIS software who gave software grants to schools We started with 200 schools and now we have resources for all the schools in Nigeria we have GEO AWARENESS programmes for secondary school students and GEOHACTHON for their tertiary institution counterparts This has helped them to come up with amazing solutions to the various challenges facing the country Afolayan said He underscored the importance of incorporating technology into education saying this was the way to go in revamping the sector in Nigeria Edited by Wale Sadeeq
    Expert seeks industry-govt. collaboration on STEM education
      Mr David Afolayan an Information Technology expert says industry collaboration with government on Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics STEM education will help students understand and proffer solutions to the nation s challenges Afolayan who is the Chief Executive Officer of GIS Konsult Ibadan stated this in Ibadan on Thursday in an exclusive interview with the Nigeria News Agency According to him Nigeria can leapfrog into technological development by fostering relationship between industries and the academics He noted that most of the developed countries did the same when they reinvented their education sector to be technology and innovation driven In most developed countries technology has been fully incorporated into education and it is being deployed by pupils and students to solve real life challenges Environmental issues are also being addressed through technology by primary and secondary school students because they had mentors from the industry We can adopt this method also those in the industries can reach out to schools to assist with Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics STEM education Students will learn better under this method and solutions can then come from them to solve our problems because they don t just cram to pass in this instance but understand what is being taught and applying it will be easy Former President Barack Obama of USA during his administration did collaboration between the industry and the academics which he called ConnectED and the collaboration paid off greatly Our students are not just competing with their counterparts here but globally as well so we need to prepare them adequately to be the best wherever they find themselves I believe having mentors and role models from the industry is the way forward because government cannot do it all alone he said Afolayan further said that the quest to contribute his quota in promoting education led to his collaboration with the Association of Nigerian Geographers The collaboration with the association since 2015 was to empower the teaching of Geography in secondary schools and promote the subject as important in understanding other science subjects Over the years more than 500 lecturers and volunteers have keyed into this vision of mentoring schools and we have foreign collaborators as well like the manufacturer of GIS software who gave software grants to schools We started with 200 schools and now we have resources for all the schools in Nigeria we have GEO AWARENESS programmes for secondary school students and GEOHACTHON for their tertiary institution counterparts This has helped them to come up with amazing solutions to the various challenges facing the country Afolayan said He underscored the importance of incorporating technology into education saying this was the way to go in revamping the sector in Nigeria Edited by Wale Sadeeq
    Expert seeks industry-govt. collaboration on STEM education
    Education3 years ago

    Expert seeks industry-govt. collaboration on STEM education

    Mr David Afolayan, an Information Technology expert, says industry collaboration with government on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education will help students understand and proffer solutions to the nation’s challenges.

    Afolayan, who is the Chief Executive Officer of GIS Konsult, Ibadan, stated this in Ibadan on Thursday in an exclusive interview with the Nigeria News Agency .

    According to him, Nigeria can leapfrog into technological development by fostering relationship between industries and the academics.

    He noted that most of the developed countries did the same when they reinvented their education sector to be technology and innovation driven.

    In most developed countries, technology has been fully incorporated into education and it is being deployed by pupils and students to solve real life challenges.

    Environmental issues are also being addressed through technology by primary and secondary school students because they had mentors from the industry.

    We can adopt this method also; those in the industries can reach out to schools to assist with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.

    Students will learn better under this method and solutions can then come from them to solve our problems, because they don’t just cram to pass in this instance, but understand what is being taught and applying it will be easy.

    Former President Barack Obama of USA, during his administration, did collaboration between the industry and the academics, which he called ‘ConnectED’ and the collaboration paid off greatly.

    Our students are not just competing with their counterparts here but globally as well; so we need to prepare them adequately to be the best wherever they find themselves.

    I believe having mentors and role models from the industry is the way forward because government cannot do it all alone,” he said.

    Afolayan further said that the quest to contribute his quota in promoting education led to his collaboration with the Association of Nigerian Geographers.

    The collaboration with the association since 2015 was to empower the teaching of Geography in secondary schools and promote the subject as important in understanding other science subjects.

    Over the years, more than 500 lecturers and volunteers have keyed into this vision of mentoring schools and we have foreign collaborators as well, like the manufacturer of GIS software who gave software grants to schools.

    We started with 200 schools and now, we have resources for all the schools in Nigeria; we have GEO-AWARENESS programmes for secondary school students and GEOHACTHON for their tertiary institution counterparts.

    This has helped them to come up with amazing solutions to the various challenges facing the country, Afolayan said.

    He underscored the importance of incorporating technology into education, saying this was the way to go in revamping the sector in Nigeria.

    Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq

     

     

  •  Dr Ayo Popoola Project Lead Animal Genetic Resources Agriculture Department National Biotechnology Development Agency NABDA has said that the Geographic Information System GIS is necessary for operating a functional animal genetic resources portal Popoola also the Head National Advisory Committee on Animal Genetic Resources in Nigeria said this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja on Tuesday According to him GIS aids the setting up of a functional portal capable of making the country identify animals especially those that are nearly extinct in different locations of the country We are deploying the GIS for mapping out the indigenous animals data in the country You know because of the issue of climate change some animals migrate from their original habitation So GIS helps us to be able to access these breeds We are already carrying out a nationwide survey on animal biodiversity and processing the data We have submission from seven states already and expect that more states will file in their data soon he said Speaking on the importance of the portal the expert said the portal was for the aggregation of data on animal genetic resources in Nigeria He added that it would enable the country shift from a status of a state without data in genetic resources to a country with a status of functional data He added that the portal also helps researchers to be able to link up with experts from other countries and their fields of specialisation NAN reports that in 2018 NABDA set up a portal www angr com ng which can be easily accessed by researchers students and experts around the globe The main purpose is for identification and location of near extinct animals in the country This is done in order to fulfill a part of the mandate of the agency to positively respond to national aspirations on food security job wealth creation and sustainable environment Edited by Julius Toba Jegede
    Expert reiterates importance of GIS for animal genetic resources portal
     Dr Ayo Popoola Project Lead Animal Genetic Resources Agriculture Department National Biotechnology Development Agency NABDA has said that the Geographic Information System GIS is necessary for operating a functional animal genetic resources portal Popoola also the Head National Advisory Committee on Animal Genetic Resources in Nigeria said this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja on Tuesday According to him GIS aids the setting up of a functional portal capable of making the country identify animals especially those that are nearly extinct in different locations of the country We are deploying the GIS for mapping out the indigenous animals data in the country You know because of the issue of climate change some animals migrate from their original habitation So GIS helps us to be able to access these breeds We are already carrying out a nationwide survey on animal biodiversity and processing the data We have submission from seven states already and expect that more states will file in their data soon he said Speaking on the importance of the portal the expert said the portal was for the aggregation of data on animal genetic resources in Nigeria He added that it would enable the country shift from a status of a state without data in genetic resources to a country with a status of functional data He added that the portal also helps researchers to be able to link up with experts from other countries and their fields of specialisation NAN reports that in 2018 NABDA set up a portal www angr com ng which can be easily accessed by researchers students and experts around the globe The main purpose is for identification and location of near extinct animals in the country This is done in order to fulfill a part of the mandate of the agency to positively respond to national aspirations on food security job wealth creation and sustainable environment Edited by Julius Toba Jegede
    Expert reiterates importance of GIS for animal genetic resources portal
    Science & Technology4 years ago

    Expert reiterates importance of GIS for animal genetic resources portal

    Dr Ayo Popoola, Project Lead, Animal Genetic Resources, Agriculture Department, National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) has said that the Geographic Information System (GIS) is necessary for operating a functional animal genetic resources portal.

    Popoola, also the Head, National Advisory Committee on Animal Genetic Resources in Nigeria said this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja on Tuesday.

    According to him, GIS aids the setting up of a functional portal capable of making the country identify animals especially those that are nearly extinct in different locations of the country.

    “We are deploying the GIS for mapping out the indigenous animals data in the country.

    “You know because of the issue of climate change, some animals migrate from their original habitation. So GIS helps us to be able to access these breeds.

    “We are already carrying out a nationwide survey on animal biodiversity and processing the data.

    “We have submission from seven states already and expect that more states will file in their data soon,” he said.

    Speaking on the importance of the portal, the expert said the portal was for the aggregation of data on animal genetic resources in Nigeria.

    He added that it would enable the country shift from a status of a state without data in genetic resources to a country with a status of functional data.

    He added that the portal also helps researchers to be able to link up with experts from other countries and their fields of specialisation.

    NAN reports that in 2018, NABDA set up a portal (www.angr.com.ng) which can be easily accessed by researchers, students and experts around the globe.

    The main purpose is for identification and location of near extinct animals in the country.

    This is done in order to fulfill a part of the mandate of the agency to positively respond to national aspirations on food security, job/wealth creation and sustainable environment.

    Edited by: Julius Toba Jegede

  •  The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company EEDC says it has recently mapped the entire electricity network in South East using Geographic Information System GIS to improve its operations The Manager of GIS in EEDC Mr Uche Anyalewechi said this on Saturday while speaking on activities by the EEDC to commemorate this year s edition of GIS Day The GIS Day observed every Nov 14 is an annual event to celebrate the technology of Geographic Information System and its enormous benefits to modern development and science The theme for this year s GIS Day at EEDC is Driving Efficiency in Power Distribution through GIS Anyalewechi therefore explained how the company was taking advantage of the GIS technology to improve the reach of network within its service areas He said that with the aid of GIS technology we have efficiently mapped our entire electrical network system updated our customer database and captured all electrical assets within our network with each part of the infrastructure registered on the map The project is expected to improve decision making in the organisation s operations The manager recalled that EEDC commenced the GIS project early last year and the effort had attracted commendation from National Electricity Regulation Commission NERC noting that the commission described it as benchmark which other Discos will be required to emulate He explained that the GIS project which is of immense benefit to both EEDC and its customers also aimed at facilitating comprehensive metering of electricity customers and for easy identification of electrical assets and their state The project will also help in identification of existing customers and make adequate planning for potential customers and network expansion Others benefits include improved power supply and quick response to faults effective power distribution and monitoring through remote sensing prompt identification of damaged and non functional equipment for replacement as well as improved customer service delivery The Nigeria News Agency reports that activities lined up by the GIS Unit of EEDC to celebrate the GIS Day include a talk show on GIS and its benefits and a video presentation of network maps emphasising how it supports the business and its operations Edited by Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu
    EEDC maps electricity network in South-East using GIS – Manager
     The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company EEDC says it has recently mapped the entire electricity network in South East using Geographic Information System GIS to improve its operations The Manager of GIS in EEDC Mr Uche Anyalewechi said this on Saturday while speaking on activities by the EEDC to commemorate this year s edition of GIS Day The GIS Day observed every Nov 14 is an annual event to celebrate the technology of Geographic Information System and its enormous benefits to modern development and science The theme for this year s GIS Day at EEDC is Driving Efficiency in Power Distribution through GIS Anyalewechi therefore explained how the company was taking advantage of the GIS technology to improve the reach of network within its service areas He said that with the aid of GIS technology we have efficiently mapped our entire electrical network system updated our customer database and captured all electrical assets within our network with each part of the infrastructure registered on the map The project is expected to improve decision making in the organisation s operations The manager recalled that EEDC commenced the GIS project early last year and the effort had attracted commendation from National Electricity Regulation Commission NERC noting that the commission described it as benchmark which other Discos will be required to emulate He explained that the GIS project which is of immense benefit to both EEDC and its customers also aimed at facilitating comprehensive metering of electricity customers and for easy identification of electrical assets and their state The project will also help in identification of existing customers and make adequate planning for potential customers and network expansion Others benefits include improved power supply and quick response to faults effective power distribution and monitoring through remote sensing prompt identification of damaged and non functional equipment for replacement as well as improved customer service delivery The Nigeria News Agency reports that activities lined up by the GIS Unit of EEDC to celebrate the GIS Day include a talk show on GIS and its benefits and a video presentation of network maps emphasising how it supports the business and its operations Edited by Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu
    EEDC maps electricity network in South-East using GIS – Manager
    Science & Technology4 years ago

    EEDC maps electricity network in South-East using GIS – Manager

    The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) says it has recently mapped the entire electricity network in South-East using Geographic Information System (GIS) to improve its operations.

    The Manager of GIS in EEDC, Mr Uche Anyalewechi, said this on Saturday while speaking on activities by the EEDC to commemorate this year’s edition of GIS Day.

    The GIS Day, observed every Nov. 14, is an annual event to celebrate the technology of Geographic Information System and its enormous benefits to modern development and science.

    The theme for this year’s GIS Day at EEDC is: “Driving Efficiency in Power Distribution through GIS.”

    Anyalewechi, therefore, explained how the company was taking advantage of the GIS technology to improve the reach of network within its service areas.

    He said that “with the aid of GIS technology, we have efficiently mapped our entire electrical network system, updated our customer database and captured all electrical assets within our network with each part of the infrastructure registered on the map.

    “The project is expected to improve decision making in the organisation’s operations.”

    The manager recalled that EEDC commenced the GIS project early last year and the effort had attracted commendation from National Electricity Regulation Commission (NERC), noting that the commission described it as “benchmark which other Discos will be required to emulate.”

    He explained that “the GIS project, which is of immense benefit to both EEDC and its customers, also aimed at facilitating comprehensive metering of electricity customers and for easy identification of electrical assets and their state.

    “The project will also help in identification of existing customers and make adequate planning for potential customers and network expansion.

    “Others benefits include: improved power supply and quick response to faults; effective power distribution and monitoring through remote sensing; prompt identification of damaged and non-functional equipment for replacement, as well as improved customer service delivery.”

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that activities lined up by the GIS Unit of EEDC to celebrate the GIS Day include a talk show on GIS and its benefits and a video presentation of network maps, emphasising how it supports the business and its operations.

    Edited by: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu

     

  •  The Nigerian Cartographic Association NCA on Monday in Abuja urged the National Assembly to pass the bill to establish Cartographers Registration Council of Nigeria Prof Andrew Obafemi the President of NCA made the call at the 40th anniversary and annual general meeting of the association The theme of the conference was Cartography and Geospatial Revolution Decision Tools for National Security Disaster Management and Economic Recovery Cartography is the art science and technology of making maps and map alternatives It is also the art of graphically representing a geographical area usually in a flat surface According to him the bill if passed into law will ensure that the practice of map making in the country is regulated We wish to revive our call on the National Assembly to pass a bill establishing the Cartographers Registration Council This is to ensure that the practice of map making in the country is regulated with the guidance and coordination of the Office of the Surveyor General of the Federation which has the constitutional responsibility of overseeing surveying and mapping activities in Nigeria he said Obafemi further urged the Federal Government to set up a National Cartographic Centre to undertake the production of a diverse range of thematic and special maps in the country He pointed out that the centre would promote cartographic professionalism in Nigeria and would be supervised by the Office of the Surveyor General of the Federation He also called on the military to brace up to the challenges of acquiring and publishing maps for national security Mr Ebisintei Awudu the Surveyor General of the Federation said that professional mapping of the country would help avert earth traumatic issues that could lead to tremors flood disasters and earthquakes With maps we will be able to send the right message whether learned or illiterate You will discover that you can connect with people better We can have maps for population census electioneering for flooding prediction and also giving advice to the local people Awudu said According to him mapping can be deployed in precision agriculture and areas free locations in terms of terrorists attacks Awudu further called on professionals in the surveying and mapping area to upgrade their skills in mapping adding that it would make them more relevant Prof Olayinka Balogun former NCA President while talking on Transition to a Digital Map of Nigeria said that a single map of Nigeria would make it easier for usage With these current developments in computer technology digital cartography and GIS we should move ahead toward the conversion of all paper maps to digital maps This we can scroll to any part of the country using a grabber a cursor or a search command We should not leave various innovators to come out with embarrassing maps of Nigeria he said He added that Nigeria was still spending scarce resources on importing digitisers scanners for everybody and departments of government to use Balogun however said that it was the responsibility of cartographers to produce digital maps and not scientists Edited by Grace Yussuf
    Association renews call for passage of bill for Cartographers Registration Council
     The Nigerian Cartographic Association NCA on Monday in Abuja urged the National Assembly to pass the bill to establish Cartographers Registration Council of Nigeria Prof Andrew Obafemi the President of NCA made the call at the 40th anniversary and annual general meeting of the association The theme of the conference was Cartography and Geospatial Revolution Decision Tools for National Security Disaster Management and Economic Recovery Cartography is the art science and technology of making maps and map alternatives It is also the art of graphically representing a geographical area usually in a flat surface According to him the bill if passed into law will ensure that the practice of map making in the country is regulated We wish to revive our call on the National Assembly to pass a bill establishing the Cartographers Registration Council This is to ensure that the practice of map making in the country is regulated with the guidance and coordination of the Office of the Surveyor General of the Federation which has the constitutional responsibility of overseeing surveying and mapping activities in Nigeria he said Obafemi further urged the Federal Government to set up a National Cartographic Centre to undertake the production of a diverse range of thematic and special maps in the country He pointed out that the centre would promote cartographic professionalism in Nigeria and would be supervised by the Office of the Surveyor General of the Federation He also called on the military to brace up to the challenges of acquiring and publishing maps for national security Mr Ebisintei Awudu the Surveyor General of the Federation said that professional mapping of the country would help avert earth traumatic issues that could lead to tremors flood disasters and earthquakes With maps we will be able to send the right message whether learned or illiterate You will discover that you can connect with people better We can have maps for population census electioneering for flooding prediction and also giving advice to the local people Awudu said According to him mapping can be deployed in precision agriculture and areas free locations in terms of terrorists attacks Awudu further called on professionals in the surveying and mapping area to upgrade their skills in mapping adding that it would make them more relevant Prof Olayinka Balogun former NCA President while talking on Transition to a Digital Map of Nigeria said that a single map of Nigeria would make it easier for usage With these current developments in computer technology digital cartography and GIS we should move ahead toward the conversion of all paper maps to digital maps This we can scroll to any part of the country using a grabber a cursor or a search command We should not leave various innovators to come out with embarrassing maps of Nigeria he said He added that Nigeria was still spending scarce resources on importing digitisers scanners for everybody and departments of government to use Balogun however said that it was the responsibility of cartographers to produce digital maps and not scientists Edited by Grace Yussuf
    Association renews call for passage of bill for Cartographers Registration Council
    Science & Technology4 years ago

    Association renews call for passage of bill for Cartographers Registration Council

    The Nigerian Cartographic Association (NCA) on Monday in Abuja urged the National Assembly to pass the bill to establish Cartographers Registration Council of Nigeria.

     

    Prof. Andrew Obafemi, the President of NCA made the call at the 40th anniversary and annual general meeting of the association.

     

    The theme of the conference was “Cartography and Geospatial Revolution: Decision Tools for National Security, Disaster Management and Economic Recovery”.

     

    Cartography is the art, science and technology of making maps and map alternatives. It is also the art of graphically representing a geographical area usually in a flat surface.

     

    According to him, the bill, if passed into law will ensure that the practice of map making in the country is regulated.

    “We wish to revive our call on the National Assembly to pass a bill establishing the Cartographers Registration Council.

     

    “This is to ensure that the practice of map making in the country is regulated with the guidance and coordination of the Office of the Surveyor General of the Federation, which has the constitutional responsibility of overseeing surveying and mapping activities in Nigeria,’’ he said.

     

    Obafemi further urged the Federal Government to set up a National Cartographic Centre to undertake the production of a diverse range of thematic and special maps in the country.

     

    He pointed out that the centre would promote cartographic professionalism in Nigeria and would be supervised by the Office of the Surveyor General of the Federation.

     

    He also called on the military to brace up to the challenges of acquiring and publishing maps for national security.

     

    Mr Ebisintei Awudu, the Surveyor General of the Federation said that professional mapping of the country would help avert earth traumatic issues that could lead to tremors, flood disasters and earthquakes.

    “With maps, we will be able to send the right message whether learned or illiterate. You will discover that you can connect with people better.

     

    “We can have maps for population census, electioneering, for flooding, prediction and also giving advice to the local people,” Awudu said.

     

    According to him, mapping can be deployed in precision agriculture and areas free locations in terms of terrorists’ attacks.

     

    Awudu further called on professionals in the surveying and mapping area to upgrade their skills in mapping, adding that it would make them more relevant.

     

    Prof. Olayinka Balogun, former NCA President, while talking on “Transition to a Digital Map of Nigeria” said that a single map of Nigeria would make it easier for usage.

     

    “With these current developments in computer technology, digital cartography and GIS, we should move ahead toward the conversion of all paper maps to digital maps.

    “This we can scroll to any part of the country using a grabber, a cursor or a search command.

     

    “We should not leave various innovators to come out with embarrassing maps of Nigeria,” he said.

     

    He added that Nigeria was still spending scarce resources on importing digitisers, scanners for everybody and departments of government to use.

    Balogun, however, said that it was the responsibility of cartographers to produce digital maps and not scientists.

    Edited by: Grace Yussuf

     

     

     

  •  Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi on Thursday appointed Presidency Chief of staff Abbas Kamel as the acting chief of the General Intelligence Service GIS the presidency media office said Kamel who will remain in office till a new chief is named replaced Khaled Fazwy as the GIS chief according to the presidency media office Fawzy 61 had held the office of GIS chief since December 2014 On Sunday the Egyptian parliament approved a limited cabinet reshuffle with four new ministers named for the portfolios of local development culture tourism and the public business sector The four new appointments were proposed earlier by Sisi According to the Egyptian constitution the president can reshuffle the cabinet following consultation with the prime minister and the approval of the parliament by an absolute majority of attendees Edited by Celine Damilola Oyewole Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    Egyptian president names acting intelligence chief
     Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi on Thursday appointed Presidency Chief of staff Abbas Kamel as the acting chief of the General Intelligence Service GIS the presidency media office said Kamel who will remain in office till a new chief is named replaced Khaled Fazwy as the GIS chief according to the presidency media office Fawzy 61 had held the office of GIS chief since December 2014 On Sunday the Egyptian parliament approved a limited cabinet reshuffle with four new ministers named for the portfolios of local development culture tourism and the public business sector The four new appointments were proposed earlier by Sisi According to the Egyptian constitution the president can reshuffle the cabinet following consultation with the prime minister and the approval of the parliament by an absolute majority of attendees Edited by Celine Damilola Oyewole Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    Egyptian president names acting intelligence chief
    Foreign5 years ago

    Egyptian president names acting intelligence chief

    Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on Thursday appointed Presidency Chief-of-staff Abbas Kamel as the acting chief of the General Intelligence Service (GIS), the presidency media office said.

    Kamel, who will remain in office till a new chief is named, replaced Khaled Fazwy as the GIS chief, according to the presidency media office.

    Fawzy, 61, had held the office of GIS chief since December 2014.

    On Sunday, the Egyptian parliament approved a limited cabinet reshuffle, with four new ministers named for the portfolios of local development, culture, tourism and the public business sector.

    The four new appointments were proposed earlier by Sisi.

    According to the Egyptian constitution, the president can reshuffle the cabinet following consultation with the prime minister and the approval of the parliament by an absolute majority of attendees.

    Edited by: Celine-Damilola Oyewole/Emmanuel Yashim
    (NAN)

  •  Geographical Information Systems GIS specialists from around the Pacific region have been urged to work together to discover innovative ways to foster geospatial solutions a senior Fijian official said at the opening of the Pacific GIS and Remote Sensing conference Faiyaz Siddiq Koya Fiji s Minister for Industry Trade and Tourism Lands and Mineral Resources said experts in the region needed to work together to utilise the available resources to share information on mapping and geographical information Given the wide spread of our small population over vast areas and oceans it is sometimes difficult for image data providers software providers and hardware providers to visit users in remote islands Therefore coming together under one roof such as at this annual conference provides a nexus point for buyers and sellers to also converge and discuss ideas Koya said He said that the field of GIS and remote sensing was critical for island nations development and growth particularly in a climate uncertain world The one week conference has attracted close to 100 participants with the aim of sharing information in the areas of geospatial Experts stated that geographic information about people and the planet was critical for better decision making and using resources more wisely as this will be an indispensable element in achieving the global goals According to the Secretariat of the Pacific Community SPC geospatial or geographic information shows where social environmental and economic conditions occurred The Pacific can greatly benefit especially from the collective wisdom of the scientific and technical practitioners in remote sensing and GIS technologies SPC Geoscience Division Director Micheal Petterson said Edited by Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu NAN
    Geospatial specialists in Pacific urged to share information to help development
     Geographical Information Systems GIS specialists from around the Pacific region have been urged to work together to discover innovative ways to foster geospatial solutions a senior Fijian official said at the opening of the Pacific GIS and Remote Sensing conference Faiyaz Siddiq Koya Fiji s Minister for Industry Trade and Tourism Lands and Mineral Resources said experts in the region needed to work together to utilise the available resources to share information on mapping and geographical information Given the wide spread of our small population over vast areas and oceans it is sometimes difficult for image data providers software providers and hardware providers to visit users in remote islands Therefore coming together under one roof such as at this annual conference provides a nexus point for buyers and sellers to also converge and discuss ideas Koya said He said that the field of GIS and remote sensing was critical for island nations development and growth particularly in a climate uncertain world The one week conference has attracted close to 100 participants with the aim of sharing information in the areas of geospatial Experts stated that geographic information about people and the planet was critical for better decision making and using resources more wisely as this will be an indispensable element in achieving the global goals According to the Secretariat of the Pacific Community SPC geospatial or geographic information shows where social environmental and economic conditions occurred The Pacific can greatly benefit especially from the collective wisdom of the scientific and technical practitioners in remote sensing and GIS technologies SPC Geoscience Division Director Micheal Petterson said Edited by Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu NAN
    Geospatial specialists in Pacific urged to share information to help development
    Foreign5 years ago

    Geospatial specialists in Pacific urged to share information to help development

    Geographical Information Systems (GIS) specialists from around the Pacific region have been urged to work together to discover innovative ways to foster geospatial solutions, a senior Fijian official said at the opening of the Pacific GIS and Remote Sensing conference.

    Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, Fiji’s Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources, said experts in the region needed to work together to utilise the available resources to share information on mapping and geographical information.

    “Given the wide spread of our small population over vast areas and oceans, it is sometimes difficult for image data providers, software providers and hardware providers to visit users in remote islands.

    “Therefore, coming together under one roof, such as at this annual conference, provides a nexus point for buyers and sellers to also converge and discuss ideas,’’ Koya said.

    He said that the field of GIS and remote sensing was critical for island nations, development and growth particularly in a climate uncertain world.

    The one-week conference has attracted close to 100 participants with the aim of sharing information in the areas of geospatial.

    Experts stated that geographic information about people and the planet was critical for better decision making and using resources more wisely as this will be an indispensable element in achieving the global goals.

    According to the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), geospatial, or geographic information, shows where social, environmental and economic conditions occurred.

    “The Pacific can greatly benefit especially from the collective wisdom of the scientific and technical practitioners in remote sensing and GIS technologies,’’ SPC Geoscience Division Director Micheal Petterson said.

    Edited by: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
    (NAN)

  •  The Nigerian Meteorological Agency NiMet on Thursday donated some weather forecast equipment to the University of Abuja to upgrade its weather station in Gwagwalada Prof Sani Abarshi Director General NiMet disclosed this while inspecting and donating meteorological facilities to Department of Geography of the institution in Gwagwalada He said that NiMet would upgrade the institution into national observatory station just like others across the nation Inspecting meteorology station GIS lab Earth thermometer and rain gauge at the department Abarshi said the need to increase the existing weather stations informed the decision to establish one in Gwagwalada At every reasonable point we are supposed to have an observatory station this University has one already so we want to come and upgrade it to world standard We want to make it as one of our stations from where we will be collecting data for Nigerians to use he added He reiterated early onset rainfall and early cessation in many parts of Nigeria warning farmers to be guided by climatic change to be experienced in the country this year Prof Otaki Alanana Director Development Office in the institution who represented the Vice Chancellor of the institution called for more of such partnership with the institution and pledge to provide security for the facilities donated We have made calls and we are still making calls parts of the call we have made in the past are to Ministry Science and Technology National Directorate of Employment NDE among others We want to partner them for development of the University some of them have responded positvely by giving us computers and buses and we are still making calls he said Commending the gesture from NiMet Head of Geography Department Prof Sunday Ejaro said data generated in the observatory station would always be made available to the farmers in FCT and Aviation industry in Abuja They have offered to train two of our staff NIMet and our staff will collaborate and work together Primarily we are into training and researching we are going to train our students with modern facilities The New Agency of Nigeria reports that NiMet donated fifteen computers Barometer 7Kva UPS Printer and internet facility to Geographic Information System GIS of the University Edited by Jane Frances Oraka Felix Ajide
    NiMet donates weather forecast equipment to UniAbuja
     The Nigerian Meteorological Agency NiMet on Thursday donated some weather forecast equipment to the University of Abuja to upgrade its weather station in Gwagwalada Prof Sani Abarshi Director General NiMet disclosed this while inspecting and donating meteorological facilities to Department of Geography of the institution in Gwagwalada He said that NiMet would upgrade the institution into national observatory station just like others across the nation Inspecting meteorology station GIS lab Earth thermometer and rain gauge at the department Abarshi said the need to increase the existing weather stations informed the decision to establish one in Gwagwalada At every reasonable point we are supposed to have an observatory station this University has one already so we want to come and upgrade it to world standard We want to make it as one of our stations from where we will be collecting data for Nigerians to use he added He reiterated early onset rainfall and early cessation in many parts of Nigeria warning farmers to be guided by climatic change to be experienced in the country this year Prof Otaki Alanana Director Development Office in the institution who represented the Vice Chancellor of the institution called for more of such partnership with the institution and pledge to provide security for the facilities donated We have made calls and we are still making calls parts of the call we have made in the past are to Ministry Science and Technology National Directorate of Employment NDE among others We want to partner them for development of the University some of them have responded positvely by giving us computers and buses and we are still making calls he said Commending the gesture from NiMet Head of Geography Department Prof Sunday Ejaro said data generated in the observatory station would always be made available to the farmers in FCT and Aviation industry in Abuja They have offered to train two of our staff NIMet and our staff will collaborate and work together Primarily we are into training and researching we are going to train our students with modern facilities The New Agency of Nigeria reports that NiMet donated fifteen computers Barometer 7Kva UPS Printer and internet facility to Geographic Information System GIS of the University Edited by Jane Frances Oraka Felix Ajide
    NiMet donates weather forecast equipment to UniAbuja
    Science & Technology6 years ago

    NiMet donates weather forecast equipment to UniAbuja

    The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), on Thursday donated some weather forecast equipment to the University of Abuja to upgrade its weather station in Gwagwalada.

    Prof. Sani Abarshi, Director-General, NiMet, disclosed this while inspecting and donating meteorological facilities to Department of Geography of the institution in Gwagwalada.

    He said that NiMet would upgrade the institution into national observatory station just like others across the nation.

    Inspecting meteorology station, GIS lab, Earth thermometer and rain gauge at the department, Abarshi said the need to increase the existing weather stations informed the decision to establish one in Gwagwalada.

    “At every reasonable point, we are supposed to have an observatory station; this University has one already, so we want to come and upgrade it to world standard.

    ”We want to make it as one of our stations from where we will be collecting data for Nigerians to use,” he added.

    He reiterated early onset rainfall and early cessation in many parts of Nigeria, warning farmers to be guided by climatic change to be experienced in the country this year.

    Prof. Otaki Alanana, Director, Development Office in the institution, who represented the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, called for more of such partnership with the institution and pledge to provide security for the facilities donated.

    “We have made calls and we are still making calls; parts of the call we have made in the past are to Ministry Science and Technology, National Directorate of Employment (NDE) among others.

    “We want to partner them for development of the University; some of them have responded positvely by giving us computers and buses and we are still making calls,” he said.

    Commending the gesture from NiMet, Head of Geography Department, Prof. Sunday Ejaro said data generated in the observatory station would always be made available to the farmers in FCT and Aviation industry in Abuja.

    “They have offered to train two of our staff; NIMet and our staff will collaborate and work together.

    “Primarily, we are into training  and researching, we are going to train our students with modern facilities.

    The New Agency of Nigeria reports that NiMet donated fifteen computers, Barometer, 7Kva UPS, Printer and internet facility to Geographic Information System (GIS) of the University. 


    Edited by: Jane-Frances Oraka/Felix Ajide

  •  Lagos State Government has begun installing 300 Closed Circuit Television CCTV cameras across the state to boost security The state Commissioner for Science and Technology Mr Olufemi Odubiyi made this known on Monday at the 2017 Ministerial Press Briefing to mark Gov Akinwunmi Ambode s two years in office The briefing held at Alausa Ikeja The Nigeria News Agency reports the ministry had in August 2016 said that it would begin installation of 13 000 CCTV cameras in September 2016 Odubiyi said that the installation was delayed as a result of foreign exchange fluctuations I will like to explain that the delay in the delivery of this project was as a result of the foreign exchange fluctuations We just concluded how to carry out the project in phases We have also deployed the infrastructure for the installation of the first 300 cameras that have been imported By the time these 300 cameras are completely installed the other cameras would have been imported to accelerate the project he said The officials said that the CCTV cameras would enhance security surveillance and crime prevention as well as improve living standards and revenue generation in the state There will be equitable distribution of the cameras across the state and it will have a multiplier effect on business opportunities as the state continues to move toward a 24 hour economy the commissioner said Highlighting some of the ongoing projects carried out by the ministry Odubiyi said that the ministry launched eGIS system a digital mapping platform for efficient and effective land administration and property taxation According to him the system will also enable the state government to tackle all land conflicts and tenure insecurity He said that the free Wi Fi internet service at parks and gardens would be extended to other parts of the state to increase access for residents The state government in collaboration with a private firm set up computer centres across tertiary institutions in the state to enable better research environment and equip students in information and communication technology
    LASG begins installation of 300 CCTV cameras to boost security
     Lagos State Government has begun installing 300 Closed Circuit Television CCTV cameras across the state to boost security The state Commissioner for Science and Technology Mr Olufemi Odubiyi made this known on Monday at the 2017 Ministerial Press Briefing to mark Gov Akinwunmi Ambode s two years in office The briefing held at Alausa Ikeja The Nigeria News Agency reports the ministry had in August 2016 said that it would begin installation of 13 000 CCTV cameras in September 2016 Odubiyi said that the installation was delayed as a result of foreign exchange fluctuations I will like to explain that the delay in the delivery of this project was as a result of the foreign exchange fluctuations We just concluded how to carry out the project in phases We have also deployed the infrastructure for the installation of the first 300 cameras that have been imported By the time these 300 cameras are completely installed the other cameras would have been imported to accelerate the project he said The officials said that the CCTV cameras would enhance security surveillance and crime prevention as well as improve living standards and revenue generation in the state There will be equitable distribution of the cameras across the state and it will have a multiplier effect on business opportunities as the state continues to move toward a 24 hour economy the commissioner said Highlighting some of the ongoing projects carried out by the ministry Odubiyi said that the ministry launched eGIS system a digital mapping platform for efficient and effective land administration and property taxation According to him the system will also enable the state government to tackle all land conflicts and tenure insecurity He said that the free Wi Fi internet service at parks and gardens would be extended to other parts of the state to increase access for residents The state government in collaboration with a private firm set up computer centres across tertiary institutions in the state to enable better research environment and equip students in information and communication technology
    LASG begins installation of 300 CCTV cameras to boost security
    Science & Technology6 years ago

    LASG begins installation of 300 CCTV cameras to boost security

    Lagos State Government has begun installing 300 Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras across the state to boost security.

    The state Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr Olufemi Odubiyi, made this known on Monday at the 2017 Ministerial Press Briefing to mark Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode’s two years in office.

    The briefing held at Alausa, Ikeja.

    The Nigeria News Agency reports the ministry had in August 2016, said that it would begin installation of 13,000 CCTV cameras in September 2016.

    Odubiyi said that the installation was delayed as a result of foreign exchange fluctuations.

    ”I will like to explain that the delay in the delivery of this project was as a result of the foreign exchange fluctuations.

    ”We just concluded how to carry out the project in phases. We have also deployed the infrastructure for the installation of the first 300 cameras that have been imported.

    ”By the time these 300 cameras are completely installed, the other cameras would have been imported to accelerate the project,’’ he said.

    The officials said that the CCTV cameras would enhance security surveillance and crime prevention as well as improve living standards and revenue generation in the state.

    “There will be equitable distribution of the cameras across the state, and it will have a multiplier effect on business opportunities as the state continues to move toward a 24-hour economy,’’ the commissioner said.

    Highlighting some of the ongoing projects carried out by the ministry, Odubiyi said that the ministry launched eGIS system, a digital mapping platform for efficient and effective land administration and property taxation.

    According to him, the system will also enable the state government to tackle all land conflicts and tenure insecurity.

    He said that the free Wi-Fi internet service at parks and gardens would be extended to other parts of the state to increase access for residents.

    ”The state government, in collaboration with a private firm, set up computer centres across tertiary institutions in the state to enable better research environment and equip students in information and communication technology.

  •  Lagos State Government has begun installing 300 Closed Circuit Television CCTV cameras across the state to boost security The state Commissioner for Science and Technology Mr Olufemi Odubiyi made this known on Monday at the 2017 Ministerial Press Briefing to mark Gov Akinwunmi Ambode s two years in office The briefing held at Alausa Ikeja The Nigeria News Agency reports the ministry had in August 2016 said that it would begin installation of 13 000 CCTV cameras in September 2016 Odubiyi said that the installation was delayed as a result of foreign exchange fluctuations I will like to explain that the delay in the delivery of this project was as a result of the foreign exchange fluctuations We just concluded how to carry out the project in phases We have also deployed the infrastructure for the installation of the first 300 cameras that have been imported By the time these 300 cameras are completely installed the other cameras would have been imported to accelerate the project he said The officials said that the CCTV cameras would enhance security surveillance and crime prevention as well as improve living standards and revenue generation in the state There will be equitable distribution of the cameras across the state and it will have a multiplier effect on business opportunities as the state continues to move toward a 24 hour economy the commissioner said Highlighting some of the ongoing projects carried out by the ministry Odubiyi said that the ministry launched eGIS system a digital mapping platform for efficient and effective land administration and property taxation According to him the system will also enable the state government to tackle all land conflicts and tenure insecurity He said that the free Wi Fi internet service at parks and gardens would be extended to other parts of the state to increase access for residents The state government in collaboration with a private firm set up computer centres across tertiary institutions in the state to enable better research environment and equip students in information and communication technology
    LASG begins installation of 300 CCTV cameras to boost security
     Lagos State Government has begun installing 300 Closed Circuit Television CCTV cameras across the state to boost security The state Commissioner for Science and Technology Mr Olufemi Odubiyi made this known on Monday at the 2017 Ministerial Press Briefing to mark Gov Akinwunmi Ambode s two years in office The briefing held at Alausa Ikeja The Nigeria News Agency reports the ministry had in August 2016 said that it would begin installation of 13 000 CCTV cameras in September 2016 Odubiyi said that the installation was delayed as a result of foreign exchange fluctuations I will like to explain that the delay in the delivery of this project was as a result of the foreign exchange fluctuations We just concluded how to carry out the project in phases We have also deployed the infrastructure for the installation of the first 300 cameras that have been imported By the time these 300 cameras are completely installed the other cameras would have been imported to accelerate the project he said The officials said that the CCTV cameras would enhance security surveillance and crime prevention as well as improve living standards and revenue generation in the state There will be equitable distribution of the cameras across the state and it will have a multiplier effect on business opportunities as the state continues to move toward a 24 hour economy the commissioner said Highlighting some of the ongoing projects carried out by the ministry Odubiyi said that the ministry launched eGIS system a digital mapping platform for efficient and effective land administration and property taxation According to him the system will also enable the state government to tackle all land conflicts and tenure insecurity He said that the free Wi Fi internet service at parks and gardens would be extended to other parts of the state to increase access for residents The state government in collaboration with a private firm set up computer centres across tertiary institutions in the state to enable better research environment and equip students in information and communication technology
    LASG begins installation of 300 CCTV cameras to boost security
    Science & Technology6 years ago

    LASG begins installation of 300 CCTV cameras to boost security

    Lagos State Government has begun installing 300 Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras across the state to boost security.

    The state Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr Olufemi Odubiyi, made this known on Monday at the 2017 Ministerial Press Briefing to mark Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode’s two years in office.

    The briefing held at Alausa, Ikeja.

    The Nigeria News Agency reports the ministry had in August 2016, said that it would begin installation of 13,000 CCTV cameras in September 2016.

    Odubiyi said that the installation was delayed as a result of foreign exchange fluctuations.

    ”I will like to explain that the delay in the delivery of this project was as a result of the foreign exchange fluctuations.

    ”We just concluded how to carry out the project in phases. We have also deployed the infrastructure for the installation of the first 300 cameras that have been imported.

    ”By the time these 300 cameras are completely installed, the other cameras would have been imported to accelerate the project,’’ he said.

    The officials said that the CCTV cameras would enhance security surveillance and crime prevention as well as improve living standards and revenue generation in the state.

    “There will be equitable distribution of the cameras across the state, and it will have a multiplier effect on business opportunities as the state continues to move toward a 24-hour economy,’’ the commissioner said.

    Highlighting some of the ongoing projects carried out by the ministry, Odubiyi said that the ministry launched eGIS system, a digital mapping platform for efficient and effective land administration and property taxation.

    According to him, the system will also enable the state government to tackle all land conflicts and tenure insecurity.

    He said that the free Wi-Fi internet service at parks and gardens would be extended to other parts of the state to increase access for residents.

    ”The state government, in collaboration with a private firm, set up computer centres across tertiary institutions in the state to enable better research environment and equip students in information and communication technology.

  •  NAN H 60 Building By Constance Athekame Abuja Feb 9 2017 The Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute NBRRI has recommended that due process be followed in obtaining building plan approval to prevent haphazard development and illegal construction in the country The recommendation was contained in the institute s newsletter which focused on its on going research and monitoring of urban growth and land use cover change across the country The newsletter which used Suleja Local Government Area of Niger as a case study was obtained by the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja According to NBRRI the research was carried out by the Geographic information systems GIS and Remote Sensing Research Group It said that the research recommended that other measures be taken to address urbanisation challenges such as congestion pollution over crowding utility crime and over stretching of facilities According to NBRRI the research stressed that the increase in population demands for more lands for housing construction to accommodate rising population growth NBRRI in the research further recommended that the Niger government the National Board for Technical Education NBTE and NBRRI should collaborate to train artisans According to it creating jobs for the rising population will reduce dependency poverty and crime in Niger Niger State Government needs to expand urban observatory for land information management system in the four planning regions which include Kantogora Bida Minna and Suleja it said It said that NBRRI carried out the research to ascertain the rates of settlement and population growth over time in Nigerian urban centres It said that Suleja was selected because of its proximity to Abuja the Federal Capital Territory FCT Three sets of satellite raw imagery of Suleja for 1980 2000 and 2015 were acquired and used in the methodology The software used for the study involves Global Positioning System GPS Geographical Information System and Remote Sensing Applications tools The study involves the use of population data for the 1996 National Population Commission NPC 167 420 Growth Rate 2 3 as the base year population for year 2000 it said It also said the study also involved population data for 2006 NPC Population 216 578Growth Rate 2 49 as the base year population for 2015 NBRRI said that in carrying out the research the period 1980 2000 showed built up yearly increase of 2 6 Ha It also said that 2000 2015 showed built up yearly increase o 125 7 Ha while the projected built up increase from 2015 2035 showed an annual increase of 78 8 Ha The institute said that further projection to the built up to 2035 shows an increase up to 49 signifying future loss of vegetation and agricultural land in the projected year Edited by Emmanuel Mogbede Mufutau Ojo
    NBRRI recommends due process in building plan approval
     NAN H 60 Building By Constance Athekame Abuja Feb 9 2017 The Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute NBRRI has recommended that due process be followed in obtaining building plan approval to prevent haphazard development and illegal construction in the country The recommendation was contained in the institute s newsletter which focused on its on going research and monitoring of urban growth and land use cover change across the country The newsletter which used Suleja Local Government Area of Niger as a case study was obtained by the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja According to NBRRI the research was carried out by the Geographic information systems GIS and Remote Sensing Research Group It said that the research recommended that other measures be taken to address urbanisation challenges such as congestion pollution over crowding utility crime and over stretching of facilities According to NBRRI the research stressed that the increase in population demands for more lands for housing construction to accommodate rising population growth NBRRI in the research further recommended that the Niger government the National Board for Technical Education NBTE and NBRRI should collaborate to train artisans According to it creating jobs for the rising population will reduce dependency poverty and crime in Niger Niger State Government needs to expand urban observatory for land information management system in the four planning regions which include Kantogora Bida Minna and Suleja it said It said that NBRRI carried out the research to ascertain the rates of settlement and population growth over time in Nigerian urban centres It said that Suleja was selected because of its proximity to Abuja the Federal Capital Territory FCT Three sets of satellite raw imagery of Suleja for 1980 2000 and 2015 were acquired and used in the methodology The software used for the study involves Global Positioning System GPS Geographical Information System and Remote Sensing Applications tools The study involves the use of population data for the 1996 National Population Commission NPC 167 420 Growth Rate 2 3 as the base year population for year 2000 it said It also said the study also involved population data for 2006 NPC Population 216 578Growth Rate 2 49 as the base year population for 2015 NBRRI said that in carrying out the research the period 1980 2000 showed built up yearly increase of 2 6 Ha It also said that 2000 2015 showed built up yearly increase o 125 7 Ha while the projected built up increase from 2015 2035 showed an annual increase of 78 8 Ha The institute said that further projection to the built up to 2035 shows an increase up to 49 signifying future loss of vegetation and agricultural land in the projected year Edited by Emmanuel Mogbede Mufutau Ojo
    NBRRI recommends due process in building plan approval
    Science & Technology6 years ago

    NBRRI recommends due process in building plan approval

    NAN-H-60

    Building

    By Constance Athekame

    Abuja, Feb.  9, 2017 The Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI) has recommended that due process be followed in obtaining building plan approval to prevent haphazard development and illegal construction in the country.

    The recommendation was  contained in  the institute’s   newsletter which focused on its on-going research and monitoring of  urban growth and land use cover change  across the country.

    The newsletter, which  used Suleja Local Government Area of  Niger  as a case study,  was obtained by the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja.

    According to NBRRI, the research was carried out by the Geographic information systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing Research Group.

    It said that the research  recommended  that other measures    be taken to address urbanisation challenges  such as congestion, pollution, over-crowding, utility crime and over stretching of facilities.

    According to NBRRI, the research stressed that the increase in population demands for more lands for housing construction to accommodate rising population growth.

    NBRRI in the research  further recommended that the Niger  government, the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and NBRRI should collaborate to train artisans.

    According to it, creating jobs for the rising population will reduce dependency, poverty and crime in Niger.

    “Niger State Government needs to expand urban observatory for land information management system in the four planning regions which include  Kantogora, Bida, Minna and Suleja,’’ it said.

    It said that NBRRI carried out the research to ascertain the rates of settlement and population growth over time in Nigerian urban centres.

    It said that Suleja was selected because of its proximity to Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

    “Three sets of satellite raw imagery of Suleja for 1980, 2000 and 2015 were acquired and used in the methodology.

    “The software used for the study involves Global Positioning System (GPS), Geographical Information System and Remote Sensing Applications tools.

    “The study involves the use of population data for the 1996 National Population Commission( NPC) ( 167,420 Growth Rate,  2.3 %) as the base year population for year 2000,’’ it said.

    It also said the study also involved population data for 2006 NPC Population (216,578Growth Rate 2.49%) as the base year population for 2015.

    NBRRI said that in carrying out the research, the period  1980-2000 showed built-up yearly increase of 2.6 Ha.

    It also said that 2000-2015 showed built up yearly increase o 125.7 Ha while the projected built-up increase from 2015 -2035 showed an annual increase of 78 8 Ha.

    The institute said that further projection to the built up to 2035 shows an increase up to 49 % signifying future loss of vegetation and agricultural land in the projected year.

    (Edited by: Emmanuel Mogbede/Mufutau Ojo)

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