The Federal Government of Nigeria has begun to embrace the many benefits of technology, as is it has begun to deploy drones for the mapping and surveying of the country from this year.
According to the Office of the Surveyor-General of the Federation, plans for the acquisition of drones have advanced tremendously, as the 2017 budget is expected to ensure its implementation.
A drone is an unmanned spacecraft that can be remotely controlled or allowed to act autonomously.
Speaking while playing host to members of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, led by the Chairman of Abuja chapter, Bola Balogun, the Surveyor-General of the Federation, Mr. Ebisintei Awudu, said the drones, when they arrived later in the year, would be used purely for mapping, surveying and research work.
He stated, “We are working towards acquiring drones for purely surveying and mapping purposes. With drones, we can tell you how much your cities are expanding on a monthly or fortnightly basis.
He noted that this is being don to also ensure that the country diversifies into agriculture, minerals sector and others, as they provide the right data for locations in order to guarantee sustainable mining and agricultural decisions.