GOVERNOR Willie Obiano has identified gully erosion as the greatest challenge of the state.
Governor Obiano announced this while declaring open the 54th Annual General Meeting of the Institution of Surveyors hosted by Anambra State in Awka.
Represented by his deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke, the governor charged the surveyors in the state to map out industrial parks to enhance the socio-economic development of the state.
He promised that government will grant ministerial status to the office of the Surveyor-General in the state, as well as engaging surveyors in the administration of the Awka Capital Territory Development Authority.
In a keynote lecture, a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof Kingsley Muoghalu called on the federal government to increase its budgetary allocation to science and technology to enhance the nation’s socio-economic growth.
In an address, the National President of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors, Charles Alabo tasked the federal government on the empowerment of Surveyors-General in Nigeria with a view to enhancing their professional competence.
Surveyor Alabo commended Governor Willie Obiano for providing adequate security for the lives and property of the citizenry.
On his part, the Chairman of the Anambra State chapter of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors, Chuks Nzomiwu commended Governor Obiano for his efforts in developing the cities of Awka, Onitsha and Nnewi and for transforming Anambra State in five years.
Surveyor Nzomiwu expressed delight that the Obiano administration has partnered with the state branch of the NIOS through the Commissioner for Lands in taking decisions that affect surveyors in the state in the proposed Anambra State Geographical Information System.
The Surveyor-General of the state, Surveyor Ifeanyi Ajaoku urged governments at all levels to engage surveyors in all construction works and land matters to enhance development in the country.
The Chairman, Local Organizing Committee of the conference. Surveyor Adolphus Nakwe described the Governor Obiano administration as surveyors friendly given his approval for the development of the state’s Geographic Information system.
According to him, digitizing land management and mapping is a step in the right direction towards the promotion of Geospatial technology in Nigeria.
Present at the event were the state Head of Service, Harry Uduh, a retired Surveyor Izunna Okonkwo, and Surveyors from the 36 states of the federation and other allied professions.
High point of the event was presentation of award of excellence to Governor Obiano and Professor Moughalu.