Following the reported incident of tremors in Jama local government area of Kaduna State, the federal government has urged residents not to panic as scientific investigations are on-going to unravel the cause.
The Surveyor-General of the Federation, Surv. Ebisintei Awudu, who made the appeal in Abuja on Thursday, while briefing journalists alongside some directors in his office, said “my office is working and also collaborating with other relevant federal agencies to understand in greater perspective and depth of the tremors that have been reported in some parts of the federation; first in Rivers State, then Bayelsa State and now Kaduna State.”
He said he asked the director in charge of the North-west zone to go with a team of surveyors to location, and while they in the community, the tremor repeated itself of which they reported first hand from there.
He said his office, the Nigerian Geological Agency, the National Space Research and Development Centre, the Centre for Geodesy and Geodynamics are closing ranks to carry out a more dependable scientific approach to the process.
“So my office and the other agencies are putting together the necessary scientific approach to provide the required geospatial data that will give more meaning to the phenomenon,” he said.
The Surveyor-General who attributed the incident to some likely movements deep down the earth that are usual, said until the result of the findings are out, no one can authoritatively say what happened and why, adding however that preliminary reports will be made public intermittently in the course of the exercise.
He revealed that the agency now operates 15 core stations for monitoring and survey across the country, which are operational 24 hours a day, adding however that they are far too few to manage the survey operations of a vast country like Nigeria.
Speaking about the office’s limitations, the Director, Geodesy and Coordinating Director, Surv. Barde Jatau, said the needed importance has not been attached to operations of the office in the past, leading to its neglect in terms of the huge fund it requires for its strategic operations.
According to him, Nigeria is yet to tap fully into the numerous uses and advantages of the office in terms of accurate data gathering for quality decision-making and planning which cuts across all spheres of life as in other countries.