Surveyors have called for improved funding of government agencies saddled with the responsibility of data collection.
The Surveyor-General of the Federation, Mr Samuel Taiwo, said that the surveyors made the call in a communique issued at the end of the 54th Surveyor Coordination and Advisory Board on Survey Training and Conference on Friday in Abuja.
The conference, which has “Geospatial Information: Achievement of SDGs and Good Governance” as its theme, was aimed at ensuring effective implementation of the Survey Coordination Act of 1962 and its subsequent amendments to achieve the statutory roles of the Office of the Surveyor General of the Federation (OSGF).
Taiwo said that the conference observed that government agencies saddled with the responsibility of data collection were inadequately funded; hence, they lacked enough resources to move ahead in terms of improving the quality of their service delivery.
“The government and relevant authorities should encourage institutions offering surveying and geo-informatics to employ more lecturers to meet the required ratio of lecturers to students,” he said.
He said the conference had resolved that surveyors in Nigeria should engage in deep research to identify challenges within their environment, in order to evolve geo-spatial inputs that could help mitigate such challenges.
Taiwo said that states surveyor general offices, which had yet to be upgraded to `Extra-Ministerial Department (EMD)’, should seek the advice of the OSGF and other states with already upgraded offices, to fast-track their upgrade to EMD.
He. However, called on surveyors to keep themselves abreast of the necessary needs and products of government to enable them to solve contemporary socio-economic challenges facing the country.
He also said OSGF should liaise more with oil and gas industries as well as other stakeholders so as to improve their participation in the subsequent conferences, among other endeavours. (NAN)