Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has urged surveyors to focus on training young professionals to improve geospatial data.
Fashola made the remarks at the inauguration of 59 members of the Surveyors Council of Nigeria (SURCON) in Abuja, stating that they should not join to create problems, but to solve them for the future generation of surveyors.
“The duty of strengthening the profession is before the new executive, which, according to records, all members are qualified, but they must put their egos aside and operate as a team, treating each member with equal respect and honour,” he said.
The minister also emphasized the importance of working to ensure that the country’s geospatial data is used in areas such as security, economic prosperity, and development, and expressed hope that they will use their time in office to address these issues.
Bashir Alkali, the Permanent Secretary, who expressed satisfaction at the inauguration, said the program is a watershed moment in the SURCON’s history and challenged them to work diligently to position the profession.
SURCON President, Clement Nwabiche, spoke on behalf of the members, thanking the Presidency for appointing them to the body and promising that they would work hard to fulfill the mission entrusted to them.
Nwabiche said the minister’s agenda in the area of geospatial data would be pursued with vigour within their tenure and resolve the problems and move the profession to greater height.