Nigeria Partners with Sweden to Create Spatial Data Infrastructure

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has asked the overseas agency of the National Land Survey of the Swedish Government to assist in digitizing and networking land administration in the country.

The Minister of State for Works, Housing and Urban Development, Chief (Mrs.) Grace Ekpiwhre made the plea on Friday when she received in her Mabushi Abuja office the Africa Area Manager of SwedeSurvey AB, Ms Sheila Holland who led a delegation from the agency for discussions in the Ministry.

The Minister stated that there was a "need for networking in land administration in the country so that information can easily be accessed by all stakeholders for the information and use of all parties.

"We want to partner with you to do whatever you can do to assist us to move our land management system forward. We invite you to arrange a training programme for all the states with your technical experts coming from Sweden. We want the participating States and Local Governments to use such a training programme to discuss and address the issue of networking and seamless integration.

"But, we have started on a very small scale and the Federal Ministry of Works, Housing and Urban Development is trying to give leadership. We have a digital Federal Land Information Management System and a few States in the Federation have also followed suit," the minister said.

Responding, Ms Sheila Holland, Area Manager, Africa of SwedeSurvey AB, the overseas agency of the Swedish National Land Survey indicated their preparedness to partner with Nigeria beginning with an evaluation of what has already been put in place and providing a customized training for the country's requirement.

She expressed their readiness to assist the country in putting standards in place "in order to ensure that the systems that you have built will easily be able to integrate with one another. This will considerably reduce the cost of producing the data in all the different States, and will allow you to seamlessly integrate with other systems within the country.

"Land is a very important asset. We agree with you on that, and Sweden has managed through the National Land Survey and other authorities that are now integrated to be able to capitalize on the land resources in the country.

She said considering the size of Nigeria and its population "I think that this will also be a huge profitable investment for Nigeria, to really map all the land, make sure that you have it in some way in a register, so that you are able to administer the land and make a return on your investment."

Daily Trust