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Nigeria: Nasarawa Earmarks N711 Million to Aerial Survey October 27, 2008

Posted by Bahadir Sahin in English.
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Nasarawa State government has devoted over N 711 million for its Geographical Information System (GIS) aerial survey and land mapping in six towns.

Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Abdullahi Aliyu, who disclosed this in Lafia, recently, said the decision to release the money for the project was taken at the last state executive council meeting, adding that towns that are expected to benefit from the land mapping project include Lafia, Nasarawa, Keffi, Akwanga, Doma and Karu.Flanked by Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Town Planning, Abubakar Kabir, Aliyu said the aerial mapping, which would be done by Swede Survey, a foreign firm, would begin in three weeks.

According to Aliyu, the N711, 269, 264.88 is for the total cost of the mapping project which comprises of Digital Aerial Photography of the entire state, procurement of Satellite Imagery and Production of Digital Township Mapping Parapher-nalilia of selected towns, GIS Laboratory equipment and consultancy fees, among others.

Fielding questions from newsmen the commissioner in charge of lands and survey noted the contracting firm was the same firm that carried out the mapping of Abuja .

He said no fresh funds need to be raised for the project, which would be for a period of one year and would also include capturing of satellite imagery of the state.

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