Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Dr Adeleke Mamora said that there won't be any policy reversals under the upcoming administration.
Mamora made this statement on Wednesday in Abuja when he officially introduced the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA)-organized Group on Earth Observation (GEO) GEO-Nigeria.
An Intergovernmental cooperation known as GEO works to increase the accessibility, use, and availability of Earth Observations (EO) data for a sustainable world.
“The good thing is that the government that will be sworn-in in few days’ time is a government whose parents remain the same party.
“The issue of continuity is there, we are very confident that a lot of things that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration had put in place will continue.
“We are not likely to have policy summersault which has been the bane of our advancement,’’ Mamora said.
He said that the current administration and the new one were already communicating to exchange handover notes and maintain continuity.
In praising GEO-Nigeria, the minister declared that "the government will keep supporting it to ensure that data was made available for informed decisions in government."
There is a pre-existing template that other GEO bodies across the world are using, according to Prof. Babatunde Rabiu, the focal person for GEO-Nigeria on the execution of the GEO action plan.
According to Rabiu, they planned to adopt an inclusive system in which their actions would have a significant influence on users, findings, policymakers, and legislative bodies.
“We intend to have roundtable discussions, town hall meetings, outreaches to practice high level of information dissemination.
“We will be using the social media and all available means to promote applications of EO satellite data for effective governance,’’ he said.
According to Rabiu, the Nigerian government is now financing their operation financially.
However, according to Rabiu, the GEO International Secretariat has certain monies set up for organising capacity buildings for children.
“We intend to attract pool of funds from international bodies to complement what we are doing.
“We are going to bring together users of EO satellite data in such a way that we can reduce the cost, share resources and promote intergovernmental cooperation for effective governance,” he added.
Technology was evolving at such a rapid pace, according to Dr Fikta Bilshakka, President of the Geo-Information Society of Nigeria (GEOSON), and EO offered a solution to the nation's challenges.
According to Bilshakka, using EO data might minimise a variety of national issues, including threats to national security, by 50%.
He stated that there was a constant need to raise awareness in order to educate people on the advantages of GEO-Information and the proper use of EO satellite data.
Bilshakka said the technocrats lacked the financial clout and urged the administration to demonstrate greater political commitment to using EO satellite data.
The introduction of the GEO-Nigeria mascot was the event's high point.
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