Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, on Saturday, flagged-off the digital aerial photography of communities and towns in the state through the Benue Geographic Information Service, BENGIS.
The flag-off of the digital aerial photography which involves capturing of images for town planning and surveying purposes across the state by BENGIS began a few weeks ago and was held at the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN premises, Makurdi Airport.
State Project Manager of BENGIS, Mario Bajouk briefed the Ortom on arrival at the Makurdi Airport on the extent of work already done in terms of areas covered while presenting pictures to the governor.
Ortom who later inspected ongoing construction work on the BENGIS headquarters, situated at the Ministry of Lands, Survey and Solid Minerals, expressed satisfaction with the level of work done and expressed confidence that the project will be completed and commissioned soon.
The governor explained that when completed, BENGIS will be source of revenue generation for the state, stressing that N500 million will be released by the state government to continue work on the project while the remaining financing from Access Bank is being worked out.
The governor who told journalists that the project costs N6 billion naira and is being financed from the Access Bank said the cost is inclusive of construction of BENGIS zonal offices in Otukpo, Gboko and Adikpo to be equipped with Geographic Information Service, GIS, training of staff among others.
The governor had on Friday, 21st January, 2022, inspected ongoing renovation works on government lodges at the Benue Peoples House Makurdi.