By Lilian Okoro
Lagos, Feb.15, 2019 (NNN) Mr Samuel Ukpong, former Chairman, Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) Lagos Chapter, has called for periodic review of the country’s mapping plan to accommodate new development.
Ukpong made the call while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) on Friday in Lagos.
He said the periodic mapping and review of the country’s mapping plan would ensure that Nigeria would be up to date with information, data, technology and developmental issues.
The former NIESV chief stressed that the review of mapping plan of the country had been long overdue, saying that mapping plan of any country was supposed to be reviewed every five or 10 years.
He said that experts in the U.S. had recommended that every country should keep aside two-and-half per cent of its annual budget for mapping.
Ukpong expressed concern that mapping had not been carried out in Nigeria for many years, saying that it was valuable for every country to keep track of assets/developments to maintain control and ensure healthy growth.
According to him, it is the mapping plan that indicates where and how structural developments should take place in a country.
”Normally, a mapping plan is supposed to reveal the area where schools, churches, markets, residential homes or roads are to be situated.
”But due to a lack of an up to date mapping plan of the country, most of the developments and housing structures are carried out without adherence to contents of the mapping plan.
”That is why people build houses randomly such that schools, churches and residential homes are most times built in market or noisy areas,” he said.
The expert said that periodic mapping was also necessary because it would reveal and accommodate development that had occurred in the past and make provisions for new ones.
He said that mapping could serve as a guide for government because it usually reveal the land mass of the country and areas occupied by people, forest and water, among others.
The surveyor said that mapping data would also help government to know the amount of revenue generated from every area and how to plan for the welfare of citizens. (NNN)
Edited by Fela Fashoro/Dada Ahmed
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