Stakeholders in the surveying profession have advocated the establishment of the National Geospatial Data Infrastructure (NGDI) to improve mappings, and aid in the fight against insecurity.
They also posited that the data infrastructure would also boost the country’s economy just as they called for proper monitoring.
Geospatial technology is an emerging field of study that includes Geographic Information Systems that enable surveyors to acquire data referenced to the earth and use such data for analysis, modeling, simulations, and visualisation.
Speaking to Journalists at the sideline of the just concluded two-day 2023 GIS (Geographic Information System) Day Celebration held in Abuja, the Surveyor-General of the Federation, Surveyor Abudulganiyu Adebomehin, said the database infrastructure would grant access to accurate mappings for the benefit of Nigerians.
He said: “We are advocating for National Geospatial Data Infrastructure because, on its own, it is an infrastructure. It is just like the road network infrastructure, the railway infrastructure, and every other thing you want to talk about.
“So it is a National Data Geospatial Infrastructure, it is an infrastructure on its own. But it must run on a platform. It runs on that platform, where we link all the data that are in silos together as data for the nation and monitored by somebody.