Young planners to deploy drone technology in mapping

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Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi

In line with global trends in technology, young planners in the country are learning to use drones in mapping and urban planning and development.

At a recent three-day training for members of the Young Planners Forum of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, the professionals noted that it had become imperative to move at the same pace with the rest of the world.

The National Chairman, NITP-YPF, Mr Rasheed Osinowo, said the urban planning space was being gradually eroded by other professionals within the Geographical Information System space.

“Drone technology has been around for some time now; we have no choice but to imbibe the skills in our daily lives and practice. I am personally convinced that the adoption of drone in our drills will enhance productivity, speed, accuracy and efficiency,” he said.

Osinowo stated that for the profession of town planning to make more meaningful contribution and impact, the national body of the NITP should mandate all state chapters of the institute to start their YPF arm in order to promote smart ideas.

“As the youths are the leaders of tomorrow and the earlier this is imbibed, the better for us all. More so, the youths have a crucial role to play in actualising the New Urban Agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals,” he said.

According to him, the training, done in conjunction with OEA Consults Limited, is in line with the principles of NUA which complemented the Sustainable Development Goals 4 and 11 on Quality Education and Sustainable Cities and Communities respectively.

He said the YPF was advocating the delivery of the training in the respective six geo-political zones of the country.

The Chief Executive Officer of OEA Consults, Mr ‘Kunle Osude, said the world had moved into a new sphere of technological advancement and it had become important for organisations to make the necessary changes.

A Professor of GIS and Remote Sensing at the University of Lagos, Adenola Omojola, said the new technology could create multiple streams of income for young planners.

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