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  The federal government has urged the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners NITP to shoulder its professional responsibility and engage state governments to correct construction irregularities to improve urban safety Minister for Works and Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN made the call at the 53rd National Conference and Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners in Abuja on Tuesday The Nigerian News Agency reports that the theme of the conference is Physical Planning and Urban Security in Nigeria Issues Challenges and Prospects Fashola said that no individual or organization should be allowed to act in contravention of planning regulations adding that the state cannot bypass its own planning rules and regulations otherwise it would be sowing the seeds of urban insecurity He said Nothing more than absolute professionalism should be demanded and accepted from the planner Although the ownership of the land is a matter of the State and the owner However what you put on the land and how you use it is the ultimate responsibility of the developer In discharging that responsibility even the State must comply with urban planning regulations Fashola said nothing should be considered too much within the law for developers to insist on compliance saying this should be the provision of the professional developer to improve urban safety For his part Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State who said the role of urban planners in the development of any country cannot be overstated praised the institute for organizing the conference Earlier the national president of the institute Mr Olutoyin Ayinde expressed his hope that the conference will expose urban planners to new information that will guide future decisions in favor of urban safety Ayinde described the theme of the conference as very relevant to contemporary reality and very vital for the collective survival and security of the country Security issues are the crux of the matter That is why we are looking for authorities on the matter to address the issue she said For his part the president of the institute s FCT chapter Mr Mustapha Mubdiyu said that the conference brings together urban planners allied professionals academics and policy makers He said that they would discuss new concepts emerging trends and a global agenda to find solutions to environmental and development challenges in the country Mubdiyu said that cities in Nigeria have become increasingly exposed to the direct or indirect effects of security threats and challenges According to him they range from crime social crime and forced urban migration that led to the proliferation of slums and illegal settlements urban violence and child abuse Mubdiyu said This year s theme is not only appropriate but necessary to dissect these effects and challenge with a view to offering practical recommendations for sustainable urban planning and development of our urban centers In addition the main presenter Dr Kabir Adamu Managing Director of Beacon Consulting Ltd emphasized the need for more collaboration between security institutions and urban planners to improve urban security in the country Okwori s representative security and crime management consultant Adamu said that for physical planning to be effective security agencies must be involved He said Because we realized that there are challenges that come with physical planning such as interference from political leaders which often creates room for bridges in security So the reason we re here is to talk to planners and other relevant professionals to comply with the rules and regulations and what it takes to plan a city The Director of the Department of Development Control of the FCT Mukhtar Galadima the Coordinator of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council Umar Shuaibu representatives of the Governors of the states of Kaduna Borno and Ondo among others attended Edited Bashir Rabe Mani Source Credit NAN
Fashola tasks town planner’s institute on professional responsibility

Institute of Town Planners

The federal government has urged the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP) to shoulder its professional responsibility and engage state governments to correct construction irregularities to improve urban safety.

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Minister for Works and Housing

Minister for Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, made the call at the 53rd National Conference and Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners in Abuja on Tuesday.

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Nigerian News Agency

The Nigerian News Agency reports that the theme of the conference is: “Physical Planning and Urban Security in Nigeria: Issues, Challenges and Prospects”.

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Fashola said that no individual or organization should be allowed to act in contravention of planning regulations, adding that the state cannot bypass its own planning rules and regulations, otherwise it would be sowing the seeds of urban insecurity.

He said: “Nothing more than absolute professionalism should be demanded and accepted from the planner. Although the ownership of the land is a matter of the State and the owner.

“However, what you put on the land and how you use it is the ultimate responsibility of the developer. In discharging that responsibility, even the State must comply with urban planning regulations.”

Fashola said nothing should be considered too much within the law for developers to insist on compliance, saying “this should be the provision of the professional developer, to improve urban safety.”

Aminu Masari

For his part, Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State, who said the role of urban planners in the development of any country cannot be overstated, praised the institute for organizing the conference.

Olutoyin Ayinde

Earlier, the national president of the institute, Mr. Olutoyin Ayinde, expressed his hope that the conference will expose urban planners to new information that will guide future decisions in favor of urban safety.

Ayinde described the theme of the conference as very relevant to contemporary reality and very vital for the collective survival and security of the country.

“Security issues are the crux of the matter. That is why we are looking for authorities on the matter to address the issue, ”she said.

Mustapha Mubdiyu

For his part, the president of the institute’s FCT chapter, Mr. Mustapha Mubdiyu, said that the conference brings together urban planners, allied professionals, academics and policy makers.

He said that they would discuss new concepts, emerging trends and a global agenda to find solutions to environmental and development challenges in the country.

Mubdiyu said that cities in Nigeria have become increasingly exposed to the direct or indirect effects of security threats and challenges.

According to him, they range from crime, social crime and forced urban migration that led to the proliferation of slums and illegal settlements, urban violence and child abuse.

Mubdiyu said, “This year’s theme is not only appropriate but necessary to dissect these effects and challenge with a view to offering practical recommendations for sustainable urban planning and development of our urban centers.”

Kabir Adamu

In addition, the main presenter, Dr. Kabir Adamu, Managing Director of Beacon Consulting Ltd, emphasized the need for more collaboration between security institutions and urban planners to improve urban security in the country.

Okwori’s representative, security and crime management consultant, Adamu, said that for physical planning to be effective, security agencies must be involved.

He said: “Because we realized that there are challenges that come with physical planning, such as interference from political leaders, which often creates room for bridges in security.

“So the reason we’re here is to talk to planners and other relevant professionals to comply with the rules and regulations and what it takes to plan a city.”

Director of the Department of Development Control of the FCT

The Director of the Department of Development Control of the FCT, Mukhtar Galadima, the Coordinator of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, Umar Shuaibu, representatives of the Governors of the states of Kaduna, Borno and Ondo, among others, attended.

Edited / Bashir Rabe Mani

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Source Credit: NAN

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