FG sensitises Gombe MDAs to geospatial data for planning

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By Hajara Leman

The Federal Government has sensitised Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of Gombe State, to the use of geospatial data for development, planning and decision-making.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that geospatial data or geodata includes information related to locations on the earth’s surface.

Mr Nebolis Anako, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, said the exercise was aimed at exposing the participants to the significance of using geospatial data in their development and planning.

Represented by Gomina Mohammed, the Head of Evaluation in the ministry, Anako said that through the application of geospatial information, government would ensure equitable distribution of resources, infrastructure development, and good decisions on developmental matters.

He said the Federal Government had adopted the geospatial data in its planning and decision making, adding that the ministry wanted to promote it the states for citizens to feel the impact of governance.

According to Anako, the ministry is playing a critical role in the development and actualisation of the National Geo-information Policy and National Geospatial Data Infrastructure (NGDI) Bill, to create synergy among stakeholders.

“This is to prevent duplication and promote consolidation of resources that will be used in supporting sub-national governments to uptake the use of geospatial technology .

“For planning and project delivery, especially in equitable distribution of infrastructure for education, health services, population demography, gender and other vulnerabilities,” he said.

Also, Jalo Ibrahim, Permanent Secretary, Gombe State Ministry of Budget and Economic Planing, urged the participants to use the lessons learnt during the exercise to promote productivity for effective service delivery.

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He said the skills acquired would enhance access to data for effective use in decision-making at all levels of governance. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Edited by Abdul Hassan/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore

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