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.
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.”
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.
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
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