Prof. Ajayi Boroffice, the Deputy Senate Leader has called for multi stakeholders engagement in the utilisation of geospatial technologies as a viable tool for sustainable space development in the country.
Boroffice made the call on Wednesday in a statement issued in Abuja by Dr Felix Ale, the Head, Media and Corporate Communications of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA).
The deputy senate leader made the call at the opening ceremony of the annual Geoinformation Society of Nigeria (GEOSON) conference on Tuesday with theme: “Smart Spartial Solutions for Sustainable Development in Africa”.
Geospatial technology is an emerging field of study that include Geographic Information System (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS) and Global Positioning System (GPS), which enables humans acquire data referenced to the earth and used for analysis, modelling, simulations and visualisation.
Geospatial technology allows scientist to make informed decisions based on the importance and priority of resources most of which are limited in nature.
It is also used to create intelligent maps and models that may be interactively queried to get the desired results in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths application as well as advocate social investigations and policy based research.
According to Boroffice, President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to moving Nigeria to the next level, particularly through good governance, space science development and provision of infrastructural facilities.
“Efforts are being intensified on the diversification of the economy through the consistent search and identification of other mineral resources or ventures that can assist in the actualisation of this noble objective.
“The adoption of smart spatial solution will go a long way to assist in the developmental drive of the country,” he said.
Dr Matthew Adepoju, the National President of GEOSON identified geospatial information as the bedrock and major tool for radical transformation in any society.
He appealed to practitioners, especially those in the field of geospatial technology to work in synergy with the spatial data infrastructure in Nigeria.
Adepoju promised that under his leadership, GEOSON would continue to work to have a regulatory framework for Nigeria as well as making the geo-information policy an act in the government.
He said that the conference would project the need to keep high standard of advancement in geo-information and earth sciences that would pave the way for solutions to various developmental problems.
Mr Jonathan Angulu, the Acting Director General of NASRDA, emphasised the need for partnership with GEOSON by other relevant organisations, adding that space agency was established to provide a fulcrum for scientific research using remote sensing data in the country.
“NASRDA will continue to play its strategic role in the area of data provision and members of the association, research institutes and universities should engage in quality research work in collaboration with the agency to enhance industrialisation and socio-economic development of the country.”
Angulu recalled that the newly established National Space Institute by the agency would foster the study and advancement of Geospatial information technology in the country.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the annual conference is a week-long programme aimed at projecting the importance of geospatial technology to the development of space science and the socio-economic growth of the country.
Edited by Saidu Adamu/Gracen Yussuf
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