Over 170 young surveyors under the umbrella of Young Surveyors Network (YSN), a sub-group of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS) assembled in Lagos last week to review the stifling economic situation in the country and proffer solutions to some of the challenges.
The three-day event which was the Second Annual Delegates Training Conference, took place, at the Summit Event Centre, Alausa, Lagos.
With the theme, “From Spatial Conventions To Spatial Solutions: The Role of Young Surveying Professionals Towards National Economic Transformation,” the conference attracted eminent surveying professionals and other stakeholders in the industry.
Welcoming delegates to the event, National Co-ordinator of YSN, Surv. Onwuzuligbo Chukwubueze said the objectives of the network was to create awareness among young surveyors, sensitise them on the contributions of surveying to national economy and to educate the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on the affective use and analysis of road maps.
The conference, Chukwubueze said, was further aimed at improving the consciousness of surveyors towards synergising with other professionals to fast-track national development.
The YSN Co-ordinator noted that surveying training and retraining had been made more important by the speed of technological development globally. He therefore asserted that it is important to keep young surveyors and all surveyors abreast with the technological developments.
He said, “YSN made it a paramount focus to train and retrain young surveyors, network among young surveyors and reach out to sensitise other professionals and agencies where survey products are needed”.
It was this focus, the YSN Co-ordinator said, that influenced the choice of the conference theme, noting that the impact of surveying is huge on the economy of the nation.
According to him, every sector of the economy needs one or more survey products. He noted that many sectors of the economy undertake development projects which were not sustainable becase of the absence of the services of surveyors.
Chukwubueze asserted that surveying and mapping are very essential for effective management of land resources, pointing out that the most mapped countries are the most developed.
Speaking on the sidelines of the conference, Surv. Godwill T. Pepple commended sponsors of the training conference who included NIS, Surveyors Council of Nigeria and SURCON’s state ethics committee, for sustaining the training which debuted in Port Harcourt last year.
Pepple, who is the Publicity Secretary of NIS in Rivers State and YSN Nigeria Communication Officer called on young surveyors in Nigeria to connect with YSN programmes to update their skills and reach their peak.
The YSN Nigeria Co-mmunication Officer, who also presented a paper on Technical Report Writing, said he was optimistic that more young surveyors will participate in the 3rd edition of the annual conference which will hold in Katsina State, next year.
Training topics discussed at the three-day conference included Mapping and Efficient Usage And Analysis of Road Map, Enhancing Food Security With Remote Sensing Data, Technical Report Writing and AutoCAD 3D for Plotting Road Profiles And Cross Sections.
Others were GIS and GPS Systems in Vehicle Tracking Solution, Setting Up and Using of Differential GPS Systems and Developing Survey in standalone GIS Application with Visual Basic (Part 11).
The National President of NIS, Surv. Akin Oyegbola was represented at the conference by Vice President International, Surv. A. H. Jikanshi while the keynote speaker was Surv. Olusola Atilola.
Others at the conference were YSN Deputy National Co-ordinator, Surv. Lucy Bello, Surv Adeleke Adekoya, Senior Special Adviser on Mapping, Lagos State and Surv. Aro-Lambo Yusuf, Chairman, Strategy Committee of the conference.
YSN is the apex and international organisation among surveyors under 35 years, students of surveying and related studies. It was inaugurated in Nigeria on June 28, 2012 during the Annual General Meeting of NIS. YSN has been inaugurated in over 30 states of Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory and aims at inspiring and empowering young surveyors among others.