(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Courtesy of a World Bank funded programme, the Nigerian Government has secured $2m each for the 36 states to develop their land information system, according to the Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonaya Onu, who disclosed this in Abuja at the Geoinformation Society of Nigeria 2020 Annual Conference.
Speaking at the event, the Acting Director-General, National Space Research and Development Agency, Francis Chizea, who stood in for Onu, disclosed that the fund would be used by the states to gather land information data.
He said, “The application of information technology is the main driver of the recent World Bank space characteristics and responsibility programme anchored by Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning.
“This programme secured $2m each for all the 36 states of the federation to develop states land information system aimed at gathering improved primary data.”
Potential Impact: Apart from helping to gather improved primary data on land, the funds will also help generate about 50,000 jobs for the youths in the beneficiary states.