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Digital mapping saves Nigerians billions

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Google has launched a report, conducted by research group Alpha Beta, on the economic impact of geospatial services in Nigeria. The study shows that digital geospatial tools like Maps are making positive economic contributions around the globe to employment, emergency response and time management.

 

The Economic Impact of Geospatial Services report shows that digital maps reduce travel time in Nigeria by an average of 8%, saving some ₦190 billion (US $748 million) based on local wages. Nigerians value digital maps at ₦22,131.00 per year – translating into ₦1781 billion per year for all users.

According to the report, about 86% of the online population in Nigeria use digital maps and geo-enabled apps for various reasons but, most especially for education and social networking. The report also shows that geospatial services could have a significant productivity impact in sectors that can grow the Gross Domestic Product in the country.

 

At the launch of the report in Abuja, Google also shared its journey of Maps in Nigeria. The company has worked with Nigerians since 2012 to add thousands of roads, landmarks, and businesses throughout the country to Maps.

  • In 2013, Google introduced Turn-by-Turn navigation in Nigeria for users using Google Maps for Mobile
  • In 2014 Real Time Transit information on the LAGBUS was launched to help people in Lagos access bus times on BRT routes.
  • In 2015 real-time traffic updates was introduced, as a way to help people better navigate busy traffic conditions.
  • In July, 2017 Google announced the launch of Street View in Nigeria making imagery of about 10,000 kilometres of roads in Lagos available to people in Nigeria and around the world.

 

Speaking at the launch, Titi Akinsanmi, Google Policy and Government Relations Manager said, “We worked with AlphaBeta to support a study that quantifies the economic impact of the geospatial technology, looking at the benefits and value geospatial technology brings to consumers, businesses and society.

 

“Digital Maps have become powerful tools for policymakers to ensure the safety of their citizens, and for companies and consumers to save time and money when managing their daily affairs. And their benefits are far bigger than people may think. We discovered that geospatial services not only make life easier — by helping people turn their intentions of finding a place into actions of getting there – but also support the global economy by creating tangible benefits for businesses and consumers,” she says.

 

Each month, more than 1 billion people use Google Maps to find, discover and explore their world. Nearly one third of all mobile searches are related to location, and location-related mobile searches are growing by 50% faster than all mobile searches.

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Why you should visit Borno State

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My short  trip to maiduguri revealed to me what the media hasn’t told me about this beautiful hub of learning, hub of resources and hub of economic activities

Of all the places I have visited in Nigeria, Borno is probably one of the most fascinating and this is purely based on the few places I visited there.

Spent less than 20 minutes with the  Borno state governor but what I learnt about  Borno and Nigeria as a whole is priceless .

Imagine Borno being the most important commercial centre in Nigeria.

From being in the Lagos House in Maiduguri to the array of catfish displayed across various junctions to my night at the Barwee suites.

With little or no instructions from traffic wardens,everyone driving even cyclists obeyed traffic lights .

There were too many institutions of learning , I even lost count

In my short stay with the Governor, I found out A borno man has no business being poor, Borno state  is the largest in terms of land mass in Nigeria hence a world of opportunities is readily available to all.

Borno State is the most important commercial center in Nigeria,
Even the economy of kano depends on maiduguri

The Highest cash processing unit in the whole of West Africa is in a bank in Maiduguri

Most of the products that reach West Africa pass through Maiduguri  and as much as one thoudand trucks plight maiduguri to  Chad,Sudan, Libya and various parts of the world

And hey, they also use yellow keke napeps just like Lagos.

In fact everyone should visit Borno to know how beautiful and historic it is

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