The Surveyor General of the  Federation (SGoF), Surv. Samuel Adeniran Taiwo has vowed to build the capacity of surveyors and other staffers of his Office for optimal performance that would help to boost effective planning and national development.
Surv. Adeniran said this at the opening of a 5-day training workshop on Digital Cartography in Abuja.
Cartography he explained is the art and science of making maps.
He noted that a map which is “a diagrammatic representation of an area of land or sea showing physical features, cities, roads, etc” is a necessary instrument of analyzing, planning, and implementation of policy to ensure success and good governance generally.
Surv. Taiwo further said that Nigeria desired the best of surveyors because of the dynamic interplay of geographic elements.
He said ignorance remained a major problem that stagnates growth and development and as such, his leadership would be conducting various training for the staff of OSGoF from time-to-time even with the scarcity of funds.
He maintained that the value of people is determined by the quantum of knowledge deposited in them and that the building of the capacity of a worker could not be overemphasized.
The SGoF also disclosed that he was already in consultation to reactivate some other international training supported by Indian and Korean authorities.
A statement signed by Head of Press and Public Relations, Mr Abu  Michael further explained that areas to be covered during the training both theoretically and practically include Introduction to Digital Mapping; Cartographic Design.
“This is not excluding, Topographic and Thematic Mapping Specifications; Cartographic Design: Map Content, Design, and Implementation; Introduction to QGIS; and Project Presentation”.
He concluded that the training was being conducted by a team of resource persons led by Surv. Ayila Adzandeh and Mr Paul Borisade from the African Regional Institute for Geospatial Information, Science and Technology (AFRIGIST) at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Osun.

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