Daily Trust (Abuja)

16 January 2013

Nigeria: Nasarawa Govt Inspects GIS Project Centre

The ongoing job to station the Geographic Information System (GIS) and other land-related projects initiated by Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, last year, at Mararaba, at the border with Abuja, weekend, attracted the governor on inspection.

He told the team of government officials and partners in the totality of the project called Nasarawa Geographic Information System (NAGIS), that he was impressed with both quality and the speed at which A&K Construction Limited, the firm handling the provision of the centre, worked within a short period of time.

The governor was taken round the project, sited at the gateway into Abuja, by the state commissioner for Lands, Survey and Town Planning, Sonny Agassi, who also heads the governor's lands reform programme, which saw the initiation of NAGIS.

The governor's Senior Special Assistant and Project Manager of NAGIS, Alhaji Ibrahim Jibril Usman, and Roland Klaus, the Director of Aeroprecisa, which is handling some aspects of NAGIS, as well as Engr. Khaled Chamoun, A&K's Project Manager, all conducted the governor round on the inspection which provided detailed explanation about the civil work on the structure which is now standing out at Mararaba as an architectural masterpiece.

Chamoun told the governor that structural work on the structure was 100 percent complete, while the provision of landscaping within the proximity of the main building was still at completion stage.

A&K inherited the building as an old and abandoned cinema centre. The firm has so far completed work on the centre, just as stringing of wires to link the saver room and computer units, has also being completed. Furnishing will be the next stage, according to Engr. Khaled Chamoun.

Engr. Khaled who was accompanied by George Boumaroun, Managing Director of the construction firm, said work started six months ago on an abandoned and old cinema complex. "In four months, we could change all the aspect of the old building, and provided what now stands as an architectural masterpiece", he said.

The team said the quality on the project is remarkable, with high earned finishing, just as Alhaji Usman, the NAGIS project manager said that the firm is also to turn around the entire premises, to house all land-related activities including NAGIS, development control, building plan approval and environmental sanitation task force to enforce environment friendliness at the border with FCT.

The governor said he was impressed with the finishing, and hailed the supervision of the project by Sonny Agassi, a Nigerian Canadian who told him that "you sent me on this errand, and this is what I have brought back, working with Alhaji Usman (project manager), and the partners on the project. What we have here is exactly what you asked us to deliver; a state of the art centre, a completely out of this place finishing, sir."

The provision of the centre by A&K Construction Limited, is part of the totality of the about US$10,625,000.00 (N2.7 billion) NAGIS project being executed by a consortium of firms under Siraj Engineering Consultants.

The project has three components: Digital Area Mapping (DAM), carried out by Aeroprecisa Limited; Nasarawa Geographic Information Services, undertaken by GIS Transport; and the planning of cadastral districts, by Pragmatic Solutions Consult Nigeria, Envicons, and National Environmental Design Associates, in what will give a detailed planning and development control to phase out the growth of slums in the state.

NAGIS, seeks to seeks to regularize and put all of Nasarawa's land use on the computer, is a habitat initiative which ongoing implementation will sum up to the creation of a liveable city with good network of roads, water supply, drainage system, grazing routes and general development control.

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