To ensure long term integration and sustainability of geospatial analytics in the country, the Government of Nigeria, under its National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), is taking over management, hosting, and maintenance of the GRID3 Nigeria data and portal. To facilitate a smooth transition, the GRID3 Nigeria team is in the process of delivering a technology transfer and training to NASRDA so that the appropriate resources, infrastructure and skills are in place.
“This tech transfer is a big win for our partnership with the Nigerian government. We’ve also supported NASRDA with setting up a new physical lab and infrastructure to host the portal and geodatabase by investing in new space, computers, and servers,”
explains Emilie Schnarr, GRID3 country lead for Nigeria.
The GRID3 Nigeria geodatabase is made up of 980 datasets in 37 states and 12 sectors.* It contains datasets relating to subnational boundaries, key infrastructure (e.g. schools, health facilities, markets, etc.), as well as settlements. The latest GRID3 Nigeria gridded population estimates are also available as GIS data and aggregated at country, state, Local Government Area (LGA), and ward levels. The portal grants public access to most of the data, allowing users to search and download datasets by sectors and states.
NASRDA has been approaching various ministries, departments and agencies at national and sub-national levels to integrate, harmonise and merge any government-hosted geospatial data into the GRID3 Nigeria portal. Some of these organisations include the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), National Population Commision (NPopC), Office of the Surveyor General of the Federation (OSGoF), and Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), amongst others.