The Minister of State for Works, Prince Adedayo Adeyeye has urged the Regional Centre for Training in Aerospace Surveys (RECTAS) to work hard to rank among the best in the world.
Prince Adeyeye stated this while receiving the Executive Director of RECTAS, Dr. Adewale Akingbade; adding that the present leadership must review its curriculum and include programmes that will not only add value to the existing courses, but make it comparable to its counterparts worldwide.
The Minister mentioned that as the supervising Ministry, the Federal Ministry of Works will assist and strengthen RECTAS in discharging its responsibilities adequately to become a centre of excellence as the institution is important to the economic well-being of the nation.
Earlier, the Executive Director, Regional Centre for Training in Aerospace Surveys, (RECTAS), Dr. Adewale Akingbade said, the purpose for his visit was to express gratitude to the Ministry and brief the Minister on the activities of RECTAS and solicit for continued support.
Dr. Akingbade said, RECTAS was established in 1972 under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) as an educational one-stop solution institution that trains highly skilled manpower in geo-spatial information, science and technology and its applications.
He stated that RECTAS under the supervision of the Office of the Surveyor-General of the Federation, (OSGOF) is an inter-governmental joint institution for the Africa continent with membership open to all African countries but with only eight member countries at present which include: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Mali, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal.
Dr. Akingbade expressed appreciation to President Jonathan for his transformational leadership which has led to the provision of infrastructure within RECTAS; adding that the institution has started training in application of geo-information for security purposes.