The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) should as a matter of urgency establish a distinct department of Surveying and Geoinfomatics with professional surveyors to mange the department in order to effectively combat the ravaging flooding situations in Nigeria.


A professor of Surveying and Geoinformatics at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Professor Kamorudeen Aleem gave this advise while delivering a paper entitled “Roles of Surveying and Mapping in Flood Management and Control”, at the 2018 Annual Seminar of the Surveyors vanguard held in Ibadan on Thursday.


The seminar was attended by NIS President, Surveyor Alabo Charlesye Charles who was represented by his deputy; Chairman of Nigerian Institution of Surveyor in Osun State, Surveyor Alamu and NIS chairman in Oyo state, Surveyor Aderemi Kobiowu.


Aleem who noted that this is as a veritable and constructive step to take in order to achieve effective an efficient flood management and control added that the separate department in the NEMA would enable the the agency to fill the impact of the surveyors in quick response to disaster.


He noted that with necessary surveying and Mapping equipment such as drone to monitor the flood in order to take immediate action. He said “Drone is an aircraft without a pilot. It gathers information about the flood ravaging area and gives us information so that we know what to do so that we can evacuate people from therein immediately. One advantage of drone is that when anything happens to it, no life is lost.


Aleem explained that the society at large needs to be conscious of their environment and and a adopt preventive measures to mitigate the effects of flooding.


“The Society at large needs to use preventive measure with proper planning and adoption and adoption of effective mitigation measures particularly in areas that are prone to flooding”, he said.


Speaking in the same vein, Hydrographer-General of the Nigeria Ports Authority, Surveyor Olumide Omotoso, while emphasising the need for every member of the society to prevent flooding noted that it is not neccessarily the volume of flood that kills, but also the speed with which it moves. He argued thatmembers of the public should be carried along bybth e Givernment and other stakeholders in the war against flooding.


Omotoso also posited that before mapping could be introduced, it is important to have data of the society so as to ascertain the areas with flooding challenges as this will make mapping meaningful.


Chairman of the occasion, Surveyor Adetunji Adeleke while speaking said the theme of the seminar was germane and apt because of the prevalent negative influence of flood In the country especially on the metropolis.

Chairman of Surveyors Vanguard, Surveyor Kazeem Ajibike said Surveyor Vanguard is a pressure group within the surveying community trying its best to improve not only the surveying practices, and welfare of members but an association that takes up the responsibility of promoting the good ideals of the institution of surveyors as they affect the larger society.

Ajibike stated that the developed countries of the world “are making vigorous efforts to address the issues aimed at mitigating the effects of effects of flooding. For us in Africa, our governments are not giving the issue required attention”.

Discussants at the annual seminar including the Secretary of Fellow of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors, Surveyor Solesi, Surveyor Caleb Oluwadare and Surveyor A. O Liadi, opined that while there is the need for government to increase its synergy with the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors, they express concern over non-availability of professional surveyors to address issues relating to survey and planning.

Earlier, the Special Adviser to Governor Abiola Ajimobi and Director-General of Physical Planning and Development Control, Town planner Waheed Adesina Gbadamosi lauded the Surveyors in Oyo State for their support during and after the 2011 flood disaster in Oyo State.



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