He said the development of a National Digital Map for the whole country will assist internal security as well as the electronic weather forecasts, agriculture and internal transport systems.
Fashola stated this at the swearing-in of the President of Surveyors Council of Nigeria (SURCON), in Abuja.
He advised all state governments in the country to come together to strategise on how to raise funding and digitalise all the mappings of their territories, saying that the mappings would then form the basis for the National Digital Map.
The Minister said the need for states to digitalise all the mappings of their territories had become expedient because of the importance of the exactitude of the science of Surveying not only to national security but also to the safety of life and properties.
“In each of the 33 housing sites where construction is going on now, we couldn’t have started work without a survey plan because it is from the survey plan that we created a layout plan and it is from the layout plan that designs that were created were then imposed and building could start”, Fashola said.
Responding on behalf of other members, the newly inaugurated President of SURCON, Surveyor Joseph Olorunjuwon Agbenla, pledged that the Council, under his watch, would discharge its responsibilities to the best of their ability.