The Lagos State Government has announced a plan to deploy Cessna 406 aircraft for aerial mapping of the state in furtherance of efforts to provide enhanced infrastructure and determine the number of buildings in the state among other objectives.
The State Government said that the exercise, which would commence very soon, would last for six to eight weeks, depending on the weather condition.
Mr Babafemi Hamzat, the Deputy Governor of Lagos State who revealed this while speaking at the unveiling ceremony mid-week at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), said that the exercise was part of the state’s major component of the Enterprise, Geographic Information System (EGIS) upgrade, which is aimed at providing a digital mapping platform.
The Deputy Governor explained that the mapping would enable the government to plan appropriately for the residents of the state.
According to him, the exercise would also help in knowing the actual buildings and infrastructure in the state, while also helping to update its database.
He explained that the State Government would carry out the exercise daily for at least four and half hours for about six weeks, emphasizing that the equipment would also fly at 4,500ft below sea level.
Hamzat explained that the international standard is for a government to carry out mapping and survey of its area at least every five years, saying that the State Government was determined to make life more convenient for its residents, adding that the exercise would also be necessary for security.