Geo-Information, Significant Tool for Solving National Problems - Expert
A Geographic Information Systems (GIS) expert, Dr. Lekan Taiwo, has said that Geo-information is a very effective tool for solving national problems due to its cutting-edge technology, which provides analytical and problem-solving tools to desktops.
Dr. Taiwo, who is a faculty member of the Geography Department of the University of Ibadan, was a guest speaker at the recently held workshop on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) Applications, organised by the Department of Civil Engineering in conjunction with the Centre for Lifelong Learning, both of Covenant University.
The four-day workshop, which had in attendance decision-makers, environmentalists, engineers, planners, security personnel, business analysts, rescue workers and researchers, focused on the areas of GIS and RS applications and benefits, data capturing using global positioning system (GPS), hands-on training on the GIS software – ArcGIS 10.4; feature extraction and data analysis, and web map creation and publishing amongst others.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the workshop, the Head, Department of Civil Engineering, Dr. David Olukanni, who represented the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, welcomed all participants and enjoined them to be focused during the training in order to have their skills and knowledge updated on Information and Communications Technology.
Making his remarks at the closing ceremony of the workshop, which featured the award of certificates to participants, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chinedu, appreciated guests at the event and the support from the Local Government Service Commission, Ogun State.
He stated that one of the key roles of a university is impact, starting from its immediate community to the rest of the world; pointing out that any university which excels in teaching and research, but has nothing to show by way of impact on its immediate vicinity, has failed.
“One of the keys to continuous advancement as an institution and as a people is innovation and Covenant University is committed to new things and new developments, which would be applied to how society will move from one level to another,” he stated.
In his comments, the Dean, College of Engineering, Professor Christian Bolu, expressed his excitement at the success of the workshop and appreciated the Covenant University Management for its unwavering commitment to making a difference and creating an environment for innovation and excellence to thrive. This, he said, plays a huge role in addressing national challenges and issues.
He congratulated the Civil Engineering Department and the Centre for Lifelong Learning for putting in their best to see that every aspect of the training was effortlessly delivered; stating that it revalidated what Covenant University stands for and showcased the brand in the right context.
In his remarks, the Chairman, Local Government Service Commission, Ogun State, Comrade Rotimi Rahmon, appreciated the efforts of Covenant University in pioneering excellence in delivery in various facets of educational and career training. He said the workshop on GIS and Remote Sensing was a welcome development in Ogun State, as it would help in bringing a cutting-edge approach to solving problems in the state, especially from the Local Government platform.
He observed that there was a general lack of training in the area of Geographic Information System in most states of the federation and this, according to him, had precipitated a lot of challenges which the Federal Government was working hard to tackle through relevant trainings.
While presenting certificates to the participants, Comrade Rahmon urged them to use what they have learned to enhance their productivity and professionalism at work, which would ultimately lead to improved services and innovativeness that would promote national development.
Also present at the closing event were the Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun and some distinguished faculty members of Covenant University.