By Ochiaka Ugwu
Surveyors and Geometicians must start thinking solutions based on the fact that surveying and geomatics is about solutions, the Surveyor General of the Federation, Surv. Taiwo Samuel Adeniran has said.
Surv. Adeniran made this known Thursday in Abuja during a seminar organized by Association of Private Practicing Surveyors of Nigeria, FCT branch with the theme: Surveying Practice in FCT “Problems and Prospects.
Adeniran who spoke on the topic, “Surveying Practice in Federal Capital Territory: The burden of land tenure system and lack of adaptability to change” noted that what was needed was to consider the goals and come up with geospatial solutions or inputs that can facilitate the realization of the goals.
He noted the major problem was waiting for people to create jobs for them, while they have the capacity to create it and provide solution.
Adeniran noted that surveying practice in FCT is been affected by land tenure, status of surveying capacity, level of awareness of the importance or relevance of surveying and geomatics and adaptation to changes.
He said we should also care about challenges and how innovative and up to date are the practitioners.
He however, recommended practicing surveyor must be ready to study and analyze his environment and prepare proposal to relevant government institutions, rather than wait for advertisement in the dailies for jobs.
He stressed the need for curricula updates in universities polytechnics to take into account recent technologies and development within the field of Geomatics.
Adeniran said the margin supposed to be expended to strengthen the core surveying training and our education institutions should increasingly focus on the global market place rather than on the national scene to practicing surveyors will be on the move.
“Courses such as land information and management, oceanography, hydrology, geophysics, programming, web mapping, data mining, and big data analytics should be reflected in the new curriculum for training of surveyors.
Other courses such as entrepreneurship and professional practice should include such areas as, principles of corporate/partnership practice, reports and proposal writing, marketing and public relations.
These courses will ensure that graduates of surveying are not only technically proficient but also corporate managers. This will go in line with the post-industrial society’s view of itself as a society that is information and knowledge-based; brain work and information handling will dominate every facet of life and most practicing surveyors will become managers” he noted.