The Plateau State Chapter of Nigerian Institution of Surveyors has been called upon to create an enabling environment for women involvement into the surveying profession, in order to contribute to the national development.
The Director-General of the Nigeria’s “National Centre for Remote Sensing,” Dr Efron Gajere, made the call, while representing the Commissioner for Lands and Surveys, Mr Festus Fwanter, when he declared open a 5 days’ training workshop of the institution in Jos recently.
He said, the workshop is to bridge the gap created by the invention of modern technologies into the professional field for over a decade.
According to him, the workshop centred on equipping surveyors with the “Fundamentals of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and Data Processing” as well as “Corporate Management and Professional Packaging” to surveyors in Plateau, Nasarawa and Bauchi States.
He said, space surveying technology remained the major instrument that made the world a global village in the 21st century, and the training of surveyors alongside younger ones coming into the profession with modern technologies is a welcome development, and called on participants to take advantage of the workshop.
Also speaking, the Plateau State Surveyor-General, Martine Gang, said most of them have passed through the same training, and urged trainees to remain committed to the workshop in acquiring the desired knowledge in which the training is key to every professional field in the world.
Chairman of the Plateau State Chapter of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors, Dr. Bitrus Dang, said, with the rapid growth in technology in the 21st century, his members must rise up to the challenges and take their rightful place, which has been occupied already by some people and some quackery in the country.
Dr. Dang maintained that the rightful equipments for survey work is expensive and, as such, some people preferred to work with people, who claimed to be surveyors, using substandard materials during constructions resulting to cases of collapsed buildings.
He assured of his commitment to work with relevant professional bodies involved in construction works in overcoming the menace in the state and the country at large.
Conscience Triumph reports that participants for the 5 days’ intensive training, who are expected to pass through theoretical and practical exposures on the use of modern technologies in mapping and position fixing, were drawn across Plateau and Nasarawa states, with some from Bauchi State, respectively.