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Why Nigeria Secured $72m World Bank Loan For Land Information System – Onu

Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu has explained why the federal government secured $72 million from the World Bank for the 36 states of the Federation to develop states’ land information system.


Speaking at the Geoinformation Society of Nigeria Annual Conference held in Lagos, the minister said the gesture is to strengthen internally generated revenue (IGR) collection at the state level, adding that the effort will generate not less than 50,000 employment for the teeming youths.
He said, “The World Bank through the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning secured $2,000,000.00 for each of the states totaling $72,000,000.00 for the 36 states to develop the States’ Land Information System.
“It is worthy to note that, the World Bank-assisted States Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) programme DLI5 on the Land Information System (LIS) is to strengthen Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) collection at state level. This singular effort will generate not less than 50,000 jobs for our teeming youth.”


In his welcome address at the occasion, the President of Geoinformation Society of Nigeria, Dr Matthew Adepoju, said that it is pertinent that repositioning the nation requires knowledge in the economy to catch up with the rest of the world.
Listing security, environment and socio-economic factors as the problems confronting the nation, Adepoju said, “The current reality is, the world has entered the fourth industrial developmental revolution where things are done differently.”
He argued that the coming of COVID-19 is a blessing in disguise. He said, “The arrival of COVID-19 seems to be a blessing in disguise just like the second (2nd) World War accelerated the technological advancement for mankind.


What is Land Information System?


Land Information System (LIS) is a flexible land surface modeling and data assimilation framework designed using advanced software engineering principles. Structured to enable community sharing and the reuse of modeling tools, data resources, and assimilation algorithms.
Land information is crucial for planning and development. The rapid pace of development in many of the cities in Nigeria, while bringing about high growth rates also brings with it heavy burden on land utiliation. To ensure that the high growth rate can be sustained, it is imperativeto plan for an effective land information system to plan the utiliation of its land resources for development while at the same time, protect the environment.


Adepoju added, “Geoinformation Society of Nigeria, have a great role to play in managing every facet of quest for development from industrialisation, smart city, precision agriculture, transportation, communications and many more to firmly position Nigeria through disruptive geospatial information and spatial data technological revolutions.
“The bedrock of the fourth revolution of human development is powered by geospatial technology. If Nigeria is to move forward and in the right direction, geospatial science and technology, geospatial intelligence must play a great role in its developmental programme.


It is worthy of note that this is one of many Federal government’s move towards achieving sustainable development goals. Through this systematic measure the government want to ensure effective land information system which it will use to plan the utiliation of its land resources across the 36 states of the federation, share resources; it is a major Climate Change Action because it seeks to protect the environment.

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