The Office of the State Surveyor-General has hosted delegates of the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, who visited its headquarters to collaborate and seek expert support for better service delivery.
The Executive Chairman of LASUBEB, Mr. Wahab Alawiye-King said the visit was embarked upon to collaborate with the Office of the Surveyor-General on issues relating to landed property in the State’s educational system to prevent encroachers, who are converting school land into other use.
His words: “We need to ensure we process authentic documentation for easy identification in order to take full ownership on some of the assets. We want a system where we can get first-hand information on all our schools; the dimensions, size, structures as part of our Echo reference project. This will further ensure that the investment of Mr. Governor on these schools is not wasted”.
“As part of Mr. Governor’s safe learning initiative, our Office is saddled with the primary responsibility to provide free, basic, compulsory, relevant education with teachers, who are not only academically but professionally qualified in the State. Our duty is also to ensure the right documents are obtained for locations of our schools”, Alawiye-King said.
He thanked the Permanent Secretary/Surveyor-General, Surv. Olutomi Sangowawa for the warm reception, while noting that he has demonstrated leadership and passion in his profession to inspire teamwork with his office.
Alawiye-King said: “We provide education, you provide services. How do we synergise? The biotic to form symbiotic relationships is the reason we are here”.
Welcoming the team, Surv. Olutomi Sangowawa expressed delight that the LASUBEB delegates found it worthy to visit the State Surveyor-General’s Office to collaborate and seek the support of professionals in the establishment.
He explained that as official Surveyors of the State Government, the office assists other Agencies with their survey plans, data and information required.
“There is a need to collaborate with LASUBEB in order to ensure that school enrolment figures are adequately stored, data analysed and the demography of the area, where schools are built, is ascertained to know if there is a need for more construction of classrooms to make the agency more effective. So, we are your best port of call”, Surv. Sangowawa said.
He expressed confidence that the formidable team of professionals in the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) unit of the OSSG will expose the visitors to details that have made Lagos leverage technology to provide quality services to stakeholders, as the delegates toured the facility.