An evaluation of Public servant awareness and use of GIS/Remote Sensing in Africa-Nigeria
The study evaluates awareness and use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS)/Remote Sensing by public servants in environmental related professions in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. The data used in this paper was collected through administration of 101 questionnaires to public servants in town planning, architecture, estate management and surveying in five local governments in Ibadan metropolitan area and at the Oyo State Government Secretariat between August and October, 2015. Frequencies, descriptive and inferential statistics which include Kolmogorov-Smirnov Test, Chi-Square test and correlation methods were used to analyze the data. Results indicated that majority of public servants in the selected professions were computer literate and had interest in GIS/remote sensing techniques and technologies. They were aware of the benefits than the costs of GIS/remote sensing techniques and technologies. Lack of time, inadequate finances, and lack of permission from the place of work were the three top constraints in building their GIS/remote sensing knowledge. The use of GIS/remote sensing applications was constrained by financial problems, followed by power supply (electricity) problem, lack of knowledge about GIS/remote sensing applications, lack of incentives/motivation, and technical nature of the applications.
Keywords: Public servant, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing, Human capacity building, Nigeria