Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has flagged off the digital aerial photography of communities and towns in the state through the Benue Geographic Information Service, (BENGIS).
The digital aerial photography which involves capturing images for town planning and surveying purposes across the state by BENGIS was held on Saturday, at the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) premises, Makurdi Airport.
State Project Manager of BENGIS, Mario Bajouk briefed the Governor on arrival at the Makurdi Airport on the extent of work already done in terms of areas covered while presenting pictures to the Governor.
Ortom while inspecting the ongoing construction work on the BENGIS headquarters, situated at the Ministry of Lands, Survey and Solid Minerals, expressed satisfaction with the level of work done and expressed confidence that the project will be completed and commissioned soon.
The Governor explained that when completed, BENGIS will be a source of revenue generation for the state, stressing that N500 million will be released by the state government to continue work on the project while the remaining financing from Access Bank is being worked out.
According to him, the project costs N6 billion naira and is being financed by Access Bank, adding that the cost is inclusive of construction of BENGIS zonal offices in Otukpo, Gboko and Adikpo to be equipped with Geographic Information Service (GIS) training of staff among others.