Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Israeli Imaging Firm to Map Nigeria

Aerial photography is to be deployed to monitor right of way and report on natural disasters, the federal works ministry has announced.

Works minister Mike Onolememen said Tuesday it was also considering satellite mapping and geographical information system to ensure "the accurate mapping of all lands in the country so as to reduce reported cases of environmental and other natural disasters."

He spoke in talks with officials of the surveyor-general and an Israel-based imaging company Ofek Arial in Abuja.

But he noted that mapping the entire country with assistance of the surveyor-general's office were still "steps in collaboration."

The mapping would deliver dividend of land reform, especially to Nigerians in the rural areas, he noted.

Collaboration between Ofak Arial and the surveyor-general's to digitally map the entire country would solve "the problem of urbanization, inadequate infrastructure, incidence of natural disasters and managing them," he added.

Nigerian satellite

Nigeria has launched its V-SAT into orbit to amongst other things, provide geospatial data.

Onolememen urged Ofak Arial to patronise V-SAT in its operations in Nigeria.

Minister of state for works Bashir Yuguda recommended that the company should collaborate with the Nigerian school of surveying in order to build local capacity.

Ofek's vice president Oded Ephrat made a visual presentation of the capabilities and technical competence of the company at the meeting.

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