The Nasarawa State University, Keffi, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nasarawa Geographic Information Service (NAGIS) to build the capacity of individuals in various areas of specialisation, especially in land planning and other fields in Geography.
The Head, Academic Co-operation and Principal Scientist of NAGIS, Prof. Isi Ambrose Ikhuoria, who spoke on the MoU, stressed that the partnership with NAGIS will also avail indigenes of Nasarawa State and other Nigerians the opportunity to acquire professional certificate in post graduate diploma and master in science degree courses like geographical information system..
Ambrose, who is a Professor of Geography in University of Benin, Edo State, and currently in NAGIS on sabbatical appointment, said the MoU will enhance the churning out of professionals in various programmes like skills acquisition using geo special technology, satellite images, image area and photographical images to create maps and other land investigation through the use of modern survey technology and cartography to produce maps.
“The courses available are masters in geographic information system where students will specialize in land administration, land resources management, fundamental information in geographic skills and cartography skills using image interpretation skills and applied to their specific projects,” he said.
Commenting on the collaboration, the Head of Department (HOD), Geography, Nasarawa State University, Prof Nasiru Idris expressed gratitude for the efforts and determination of NAGIS to provide the training opportunity for Nasarawa State indigenes and other Nigerians.
Nasiru, who visited the NAGIS office for verification of the facilities available, said NAGIS has the capacity to replicate the success of the Abuja Geographical Information System (AGIS), which has transformed the nation’s capital territory to one of the fastest growing city in the world.