We Can Help Military Tackle Insurgency In Sambisa – Surveying School

The Federal School of Surveying, Oyo, has said its experts and graduate can map the dreaded Sambisa forest and others, where terrorists and other criminals are operating from to unleash terror on Nigerians.
The Rector of the school, Prof Dupe Olayinka-Dosumu, said this on Wednesday on the sidelines of the equipment exhibition,

which was one of the activities lined up for the 21st convocation of the school.
She said the uses of surveying were many and that the government was not making use of them the way it ought to do.
She said 633 graduates of the school for the 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 academic sessions would be given certificates at the convocation ceremony, which would be witnessed by the Visitor to the School, who is the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola.
Olayinka-Dosumu said by carrying out aerial mapping of the forests would reveal human activities, including footpaths, which could be used by the military to track the criminals.
She added that mapping with intelligence gathering would help the country to flush out hoodlums hiding in the vast forests, including Sambisa, and called on the Federal Government to use the skills and expertise available to address insecurity.
The rector said the school was established for the benefit of all the Commonwealth countries even before Nigeria was created.
The rector said, “If you do not know what you have, you won’t know how to utilise it well. Our job is to train people in the science of measurement, which later came with monitoring, evaluating and development.
“The technology we use has gone beyond just knowing what you have; through aerial mapping, through photogrammetry and remote sensing process, which we have trained our students for, we can help to solve this problem of insecurity.
“When you fly over an area, you have every detail you need. Everybody uses unmanned aerial vehicles, which are called drones, but ours are different because surveyors attach coordinates to theirs, so you can know the exact point; you can trace locations and monitor footpaths.
“By the time you add radar to aerial vehicles, you can know movements and where activities are taking place. But the security agencies will add intelligence to the mapping of the forests to win the battle in our forests. Sambisa forest is not as big as the whole of Nigeria, so mapping it is not an impossible task.”
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