The Nigerian Institution of Surveyors has called on the federal and state governments to collaborate with it in tackling the incessant security challenges facing the country.
It said surveyors have a huge role to play curbing insurgency, militancy, herdsmen/farmer’s clashes and oil theft.
This was part of the resolution in a communiqué issued at the end of the 53rd Annual General Meeting and Conference of the institution held in Bauchi on Saturday.
The conference had the theme, “Unlocking Nigeria’s Land Capital: Surveying and Mapping for Economic Recovery.”
The newly-elected National President of the institution, Alabo Charles, who read the communiqué to journalists at the Command Guest House, Bauchi on Saturday, said, “Governments can partner surveyors in the mapping of inaccessible security risk areas, using remote sensing and surveillance techniques.
“Updated geo-database on land use and proper boundary delineation and demarcation of grazing reserves, forest reserves, ranches and others rooted in land and survey, would go a long way to minimise security challenges.”
He said the conference observed that surveying and mapping techniques for regular mapping of forest reserves and the nation’s shorelines in real time, would help in monitoring the environment and prevent environmental degradation rather than relying on remediation.
Charles said the conference recommended that “regular mapping of shorelines is needful to avoid costly location of structures along the shore and to assist with proper boundary delineation and demarcation especially for riparian communities.”