A 28-man team of professionals in Lands Management and Administration from the Kaduna State Government on Sunday visited the Nasarawa Geographic Information System to understudy the computerised lands system being executed by Governor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State.

Governor Nasir el-Rufai, who pioneered the execution of the Geographic Information System while he served at the Federal Capital Territory, is interested in awarding a contract to execute the same project in Kaduna State, although the project has not been officially unveiled.

A team of management and personnel officers from the Kaduna GIS, however, visited NAGIS, being executed by the Nasarawa State Government, to understudy the project and replicate it.

The Nasarawa State Commissioner for Lands and Urban Development, Mr. Sonny Agassi, who received the Kaduna State delegation, hailed El-Rufai’s passion and commitment to lands reform, saying that the governor was severally sought for opinion when Al-Makura initiated NAGIS for execution.

He, however, affirmed that when the NAGIS Service Centre in Mararaba, the gateway to Abuja, was presented for commissioning in May, 2013, El-Rufai was sought to honour the ceremony because he had emerged as the “architect of modern GIS execution in Nigeria.”

He hailed the initiative by the Kaduna State governor as one to bring about health competition.

“We are going to be competitive. We gave AGIS the run for its money. And now that the Kaduna State governor is initiating GIS in that state. We can only hope KAGIS will raise the level of competition by giving us the run for our money and fame,” Agassi, a Canadian, who Al-Makura invited to supervise the project as Commissioner of Lands and Urban Development, said.

The commissioner was accompanied by the NAGIS implementation team, including Roland Klaus and Heiko Howey, a GIS consultant, Peter Ritchie, a senior consultant, as well as Mario Bajouk, an Information and Communications Technology consultant with GIS Transport one of the firms in the consortium led by Siraj Engineering Consultants.

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