Gombe vis­its Nasarawa to see land man­age­ment re­form A team of govern­ment of­fi­cials, selected from stake­hold­ers in the Gombe State lands man­age­ment, was in Nasarawa State penul­ti­mate week to see the muchtalked-about land man­age­ment model in the host state.

Daily Trust - - PROPERTY - From Hir Joseph, Lafia

The visit was the umpteenth from sim­i­lar stake­hold­ers, since May 30, 2013 when Gover­nor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura led for­mer Federal Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT) Min­is­ter Nasir el-Ru­fai and other stake­hold­ers to com­mis­sion what has stood Nasarawa out as a state trans­port­ing it­self to a so­phis­ti­cated so­ci­ety. That project is called Nasarawa Ge­o­graphic In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice (NAGIS), which com­plex at MararabaGurku, at the gate­way to Abuja, also hap­pens to be Nasarawa’s en­gi­neer­ing struc­ture to beat.

Led by Al­haji Ahmed Us­man, the Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant on Due Process to Gombe State Gover­nor Ibrahim Has­san Dankwanbo, and the state Sur­veyor Gen­eral, Sur­veyor Bakari Keletema; as well as the Spe­cial As­sis­tant to the Gover­nor on Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment, TPL Henry Likita, the team of 13 stake­hold­ers in the state lands man­age­ment vis­ited to ac­quaint them­selves as well as get the first hand feel of the mod­ern lands sys­tem called Ge­o­graphic In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (GIS) and its com­po­nents.

Part of the 13-man team was drawn from a leading con­sul­tant on land man­age­ment, DMT Tech­nolo­gies Limited, which of­fi­cials in­cluded: the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer (CEO), Ahmed Shuaib and Ola Oluko­rade and Udeh Har­vey.

The visit brought the team face to face with what is ob­tained at NAGIS Cen­tre: a hub that streams in all lands in­for­ma­tion and re­lated data un­der one roof, with the tech­nol­ogy to bring up any in­for­ma­tion in­clud­ing the im­age and size of each property on ground on a land size of 27,300 square kilo­me­ters.

The to­tal land size of 27,300 square kilo­me­ters, shar­ing boundary with five other states and Abuja, all within the North-Cen­tral and North-East zones of the coun­try: FCT in the North-West, Plateau in the North-East, Kaduna in the North, Benue in the South, Kogi in the South-West, and Taraba in the South-East - are now in aerial im­ages called Or­thopho­tos. They are stored as part of the huge data cap­tured for easy man­age­ment and ad­min­is­tra­tion at the NAGIS Cen­tre.

Aero­pre­cisa Limited, the firm han­dling the pro­vi­sion of Dig­i­tal Aerial Map­ping (DAM) of Nasarawa, in what has led to the com­put­er­i­za­tion of the land man­age­ment and ad­min­is­tra­tion in the state, com­pleted fly­ing the state to cap­ture the im­ages, in the late days of De­cem­ber, 2013.

DAM is only a com­po­nent of the to­tal­ity of NAGIS, a 21st Century ur­ban­iza­tion project with an out­put ex­pected to pro­vide the roadmap that will lead the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion to give Nasarawa the same planned de­vel­op­ment as its big and next door neighbor, Abuja.

The team from Gombe was taken through all sec­tions of the rel­e­vant tech­nol­ogy that stands out NAGIS Cen­tre, with ev­ery point ex­plained to the vis­i­tors by staff of the cen­tre. The staff, some of them fresh from the univer­sity, were em­ployed barely months ago, but their mas­tery of the tech­nol­ogy as demon­strated on the day of this visit, held even their bosses spell­bound. They were given the train­ing to man ev­ery desk at the high-end fa­cil­ity where only a push on the but­ton of the com­puter will bring the vis­i­tor face to face with ev­ery de­tail on the land­scape of 27,300 square kilo­me­ters.

The team asked ques­tions and they got the an­swers they needed, to in­form their de­ci­sion whether Gombe will ini­ti­ate a sim­i­lar project. Al­haji Ibrahim Us­man Jib­ril, the Project Man­ager and Ge­orge El­zoghbi of Si­raj, as well as Roland Klaus of GIS Trans­port, the same team that pro­vided the FCTA with the sys­tem called AGIS, were there to take the Gombe team round.

Sonny Agassi, the state Com­mis­sioner for Lands and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment, su­per­vi­sors of the project had de­scribed NAGIS as “a mile­stone, mak­ing Nasarawa one of the first gen­er­a­tion of ar­eas in the whole of Africa, to ac­quire this tech­nol­ogy.” The Nige­rian-Cana­dian said, “From an agrar­ian state, Nasarawa has now be­come the most so­phis­ti­cated part of Nigeria - with a tech­nol­ogy that beats the rest of the coun­try.”

This project had ini­tially at­tracted Nasir el-Ru­fai, the for­mer FCT min­is­ter who pi­o­neered GIS in the coun­try. El-Ru­fai con­firmed that NAGIS beats AGIS (Abuja GIS) be­cause AGIS lacks DAM. The FCT ad­min­is­tra­tion, sev­eral years af­ter the project was ex­e­cuted in 2003, is yet to have the fly­ing com­po­nent, com­pelling AGIS to rely on Google im­ages, or satel­lite im­ages to pro­vide the foun­da­tion for their GIS.

This is just as the 2013 Global Geospa­tial Con­fer­ence, Africa’s largest and reg­u­larly oc­cur­ring Ge­o­graphic In­for­ma­tion Sys­tems (GIS) gath­er­ing at­tracted par­tic­i­pa­tion from the NAGIS part­ners, and pro­vided op­por­tu­ni­ties for the state to show­case its GIS pro­gramme. Also, the Sur­veyor Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion, Nigeria (SGOF), Pro­fes­sor Peter Nwilo and mem­bers of the Sur­vey­ors Coun­cil of Nigeria (SUCON) have long ranked Nasarawa top among the 36 states and the FCT in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of lands re­forms to con­form with world best prac­tices.

The Gombe team de­clined to make com­ments to the me­dia.

PHOTO: HIR JOSEPH

Gombe State team and part­ners in the NAGIS project penul­ti­mate week.

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