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Lagos to begin aerial mapping

The Lagos State government has concluded plans to conduct an aerial mapping of the state under its Enterprise Geographic Information System (EGIS). 

 The government is deploying a Cessna 406 aircraft to conduct the exercise.

The exercise, which would last two months, was designed to carry out the mapping and survey of the state to have an idea of the total number of houses in order to aid planning and development. 

 The state governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, was represented by his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, who inspected the aircraft at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

 The aircraft with registration number ZS-SSY from South Africa would be piloted by Capt. Tertius Van Wky.  

 The deputy governor spoke with newsmen after inspecting the aircraft alongside other government.

 He was joined at the inspection by the Special Adviser to the governor on EGIS and Planning, Dr Olajide Babatunde and the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Hakeem Fahm, among others.  

 Hamzat said the exercise would be done for at least four and half hours daily for about six weeks, depending on the weather. 

 He explained: ?For us, fortunately, the census is coming up in March. If you have all that information, you are able to map it with your census and it determines everything. It allows you to have enormous data to plan for your citizens so that you don?t globe in the dark.?

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