The Federal government has acquired N2 million each for the 36 states to develop their land information system through a World Bank-funded programme.

Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, disclosed this in Abuja at the Geoinformation Society of Nigeria 2020 Annual Conference.

Onu, who was represented by the Acting Director-General, National Space Research and Development Agency, Francis Chizea, said the fund would be used by states to gather land information data.

“The application of information technology is the main driver of the recent World Bank space characteristics and responsibility programme anchored by the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning,” he said.

He added that the programme secured N2 million each for all the 36 states of the federation to develop states’ land information system aimed at gathering improved primary data.

He noted that the effort would help generate about 50,000 employment opportunities for youths in various states.

The President, Geoinformation Society of Nigeria, GEOSON, Matthew Adepoju, said the society had a great role in managing every facet of human endeavour, from smart city, precision agriculture and transportation to communications.

He also noted that this development would firmly position Nigeria through geospatial information, spatial data and other technologies for the capture, management and integration of spatially referenced data.