By Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi
The Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS) has been challenged to assist the federal, state and local governments in providing lasting solution to the boundary conflicts facing the country.
A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Alhaji Mahmud Yayale Ahmad, gave the challenge at the opening ceremony of the 53rd annual general meeting and conference of the institute, with the theme: “Unlocking Nigeria’s Land Capital, Surveying and Mapping for Economic Recovery” held at Multipurpose Indoor Sports Hall Bauchi Tuesday.
Ahmad recalled that over the years, the federal government has given special attention to land development for the economic enhancement of the people.
He attributed the challenges facing surveyors to the inability of some members to discharge their responsibilities in accordance with the ethics of their profession.
The former SGF hoped that the outcome of the conference would assist the efforts of the Muhammadu Buhari administration to achieve sustainable and economic development in the country.
Speaking at the occasion, the National President, NIS, Mr. Akinloye Olufemi, called on the federal government to work in partnership with the institution to achieve its laudable reforms agenda.
Olufemi said the establishment of Geographic Information Systems Departments by state governments is to ensure transparency in land administration.
Declaring the conference open, the Bauchi State Governor Muhammad Abdullahi Abubakar described the theme of the conference as timely, in view of its importance towards improving the internally generated revenue (IGR) of government through land administration.
The governor said the state government is committed to supporting the institution for effective land administration and economic development of the state.