The Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS) has been called upon to take advantage of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to upgrade the operation of surveying profession in the country.
The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello gave this challenge while receiving a delegation of the FCT Chapter of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors that paid him a courtesy call in his office at Area 11, Garki I District, Abuja.
The Minister said that ICT would go a long way in facilitating and improving the professional performance of the members and make the job a lot easier.
Malam Bello stated that upgrading of members knowledge in the use of ICT would open new opportunities and make them professionally at par with their counterparts in other parts of the world.
He promised to work on equipping all land related professional departments in the FCT Administration with modern equipment within available means.
The Minister remarked that Federal Capital Territory is a product of law and for every development to take place, it must be in accordance with the laid down rules and regulations.
Malam Bello assured that his Administration would encourage all professional departments in the FCT Administration to operate within the law in order to strengthen the institution.
According to him, his Administration has so far ensured that decisions taken by all land related departments are based on inter- departmental approvals to reduce any problems like cases of double allocation.
He thus, called for continued professional collaboration and support to rid the system of quacks by insisting on doing the right in line with the stipulated regulations.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the FCT Chapter of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors, Surveyor Chiemezie Azuonwu said that there exist currently offices of the Surveyor-General at the federal level as well as in the 36 states of the federation and that the FCT Administration should also do same because FCT is just like a state.
While urging the FCT Administration to look into the cases of most estates in the Phase III of the Federal Capital City which have not been properly surveyed and pleaded for that to be done.
The Chairman also appealed to the Minister to ensure that FCT maps are regularly updated in tune with present realities.
Surveyor Azuonwu reiterated that Abuja is still construction in progress and that one of the foundations of every development is to define the location, which is the primary work of the survey profession.
Muhammad Hazat Sule, FCAI
Deputy Director / Chief Press Secretary,
Friday, December 2, 2016.