The Anambra State Deputy Governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke today paid a working visit to Awka Capital Territory Development Authority on Wednesday the 3rd day of August 2017.
The visit was aimed at acquisition and verification of Geographic Information on select areas of interest within the ACT and environs as a tool for evidential resolution of a disputed land area.
Speaking during the visit, the Deputy Governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke, said that the essence of the visit was to review the benefits which will be accrued from the use of Aerial photography in boosting road decongestion. He recommended the use of Drones in obtaining current and updated features of the Aerial Photograph, stating that Drones help to bring to light the areas that need development.
Speaking also, the MD/CEO of Awka Capital Territory Development Authority, Arc. Michael M. Okonkwo, buttressed the need for the aerial photography in determining the linking roads and direction of development in the ACT.
He said that the Geographic Information System (GIS) will help in identifying the places that need road network to the Capital City, like the road from Mgbakwu to Awka. He also said that the road networks will give access to the new Millennium City as planned by His Excellency.
The MD/CEO ACTDA, Arc. Michael M. Okonkwo, in course of the visit, showed off a sample of the Perimeter Wire Mesh which is to be used in the proposed project “INSTALLATION OF BARRICADE FENCE ALONG ENUGU-ONITSHA EXPRESSWAY, BETWEEN AROMA JUNCTION AND UNIZIK JUNCTION OF THE ACT” to HE Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Nkem Okeke. The project, billed to kick off shortly, is targeted at traffic control, beautification and road infrastructure development within the ACT.
Also present for the visit with the Deputy Governor was the Hon. Commissioner for Lands, Physical Planning & Survey, Sir. Okey Muoka, who showed support and appreciation for the Geographic Information System already in place at ACTDA.
Addressing the news men, Arc. Okonkwo listed some challenges the Authority faced at the Inception to include lack of Base Map, Fund and the issue of people building houses without proper planning, adding that the problems have being tackled by the Use of Aerial photography, working with private sectors in form of “Aku ruo ulo” policy and the implementation of Development Control measures respectively.
The Executive Director, ACTDA, Ernest Adinweruka (SSA) was also present to co-host the Deputy Governor.
The HOD CIPS, ACTDA, Ms. Ifeoma R. Obi (SA), did a masterful job in seeing that the visit went as planned.
We are positive that the purpose of the visit was verily achieved.
The issuance of the Enlarged Aerial Photograph of the Awka Capital Territory to His Excellency, formed the highlight of the day.
Contibution by Chinelo Ajulufo – Information Officer.