By Francis Etuko
Abuja (Precise Post) – The Surveyor General of the Federation, Surveyor Samuel Adeniran Taiwo has commended the federal government through the Ministry of Works and Housing for establishing Geospatial Information System.
Adeniran Taiwo gave the commendation in Abuja, at the 2020 GEOSON annual conference, AGA and GIS day celebration.
The celebration which had the theme Geospatial Technology A Panacea for 21st Century Economic Development was a gathering of experts in the built industry to brainstorm on how to facilitate increase in revenue using Geospatial technology.
Adeniran in his speech said with dwindling revenue the world over the theme for the 2020 celebration was apt, because a society is comfortable with a tomorrow that is predictable
He said ” Human Beings can only manage effectively or control their present and future when they can predict phenomena with substantial data of happenings I’m their environments, you will agree with me that the human society can only thrive with knowledge “
“Since money is an all important factor for formulation, planning and execution of nearly all human endeavors, the issue of IGR has become fundamental in the modern world. This probably is the reason why the federal government continued to put it’s MDAs on their toes for IGR.
With the rising cost of governance and demands of various sectors of the economy on the government, there is the need to control, explore every means of enhancing our financial base, and it is the responsibility of well meaning individuals and groups to support this”.
The Surveyor General of the Federation at the occasion also charged Surveyors in the country to stop being passive in the planning process as their expertise is constantly ignored in the process of planning.
Also speaking via SKYPE Was The Senior Public Sector Specialist of the World Bank, Rajul Awasthi of the World Bank who in his presentation lamented that Nigeria has a long way to go in the administration of its property tax.
Awasthi said the present situation in Nigeria shows that there is insignificant source of revenue in the administration of property tax, adding that the system in Nigeria encourages land speculation and there is inequality since the system encourages reliance on more regressive taxes.
Awasthi also revealed that some of the challenges with property tax in Nigeria includes, weak legal frame work, none or incomplete property records and high cost of compliance for tax payers, while adding that there is vast variation across states in Nigeria.