Solving land problems

Peter Fosudo, whose country of origin is Nigeria, is attending the Land Administration MSc course of the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC). “I am working on a thesis in the field of changing land usage." The subject that has my particular interest, however, is land registration. I eventually want to help solve problems in the field of land usage.”

Fosudo had already accumulated an impressive CV before starting his MSc course at ITC. He had already obtained two Bachelor degrees in Nigeria, as well as a Master's degree in the field of Housing Management. He spent the six years before he came to the Netherlands, lecturing at Lagos State Polytechnic.

Alongside his regular work, Fosudo makes use of his expertise to help people who have problems with land ownership rights. Back in his homeland, a group of people was in danger of unjustly having their land taken away by the government. “I wanted to help these people because they are simply not aware of what their exact rights are. I use my expertise to aid and guide these people to prevent them from being expelled and having their property destroyed.”

Fosudo decided to study at ITC in order to obtain more knowledge and skills that he will be able to share with others. “I want to be able to make even better use of my professional and scientific expertise. I opted for ITC because of its good reputation in the field of geo-information sciences and remote sensing.”

He is attending the land administration programme. “I am currently working on a thesis in the field of changing land usage. It involves a case study in Rwanda. I am studying how land ownership certificates are influencing people to build. The subject I am particularly interested in, however, is land registration. I eventually want to help solve problems in the field of land usage.”

Fosudo has learnt much studying at ITC. “I look upon ITC as if it is one big family. I meet people from all over the world here, and am able to learn from them. For me, the Netherlands is a warm country, and I am not referring to temperature, but to the fact that the people here are open and receptive. The fact that so many non-Dutch people live here is an indication of just how receptive the Dutch are. I also feel that environmental planning is extremely well organised in the Netherlands. A lot of thought has been put into everything here.”

Fosudo hasn't yet decided exactly what he wants to do after completing his study, but one thing is absolutely certain: “I want to serve my country. Nigeria is an enormous country and the demand for specialists in remote sensing and GIS is just as enormous. For example, less than five percent of the entire country of 923,768 square kilometers has been properly registered. This means there is still a lot to be done and it can only be achieved using remote sensing and GIS techniques. I hope to use my academic knowledge and professional skills to bring together all stakeholders, such as the population, policy-makers, city planners and academics and relevant professionals, to collaborate on solving land-related problems, while I continue lecturing.”

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