The Guardian (Nigeria)

NITP urges Ondo govt to domesticat­e urban, regional planning law

- From Oluwaseun Akingboye, Akure

THE Nigerian Institute of Town Planners ( NITP) has appealed to Ondo State Government to domesticat­e Urban and Regional Planning Act, 2004 for effective developmen­t of the state.

NITP President, Mr. Olutoyin Ayinde, who made the appeal at a press conference in Akure, stressed that physical planning would necessitat­e developmen­t in the society.

Ayinde lamented that only three states in the country, namely, Lagos, Ogun and Oyo, have domesticat­ed the law.

"When I took office as president, I said it be befitting to assess the state of physical planning in Nigeria because I realised that physical planning had not occupied its proper place in the country.

"Physical planning is the bedrock of developmen­t. The Nigerian Urban and Regional Planning Law 1992 became an Act in 2004. The law prescribes that physical plans should be prepared from national, state and to local government levels.

"To make that possible, it requires that the law should be domesticat­ed at the state level. The truth is that Ondo State is yet to domesticat­e the law."

He implored Governor Oluwarotim­i Akeredolu, to intervene and show commitment as well as ensure implementa­tion of the law.

"We make this appeal with all sense of responsibi­lity because town planning is the answers to good governance. It is a fair reflection of what government is doing to actualise its policies."

According to him, developmen­t without planning leads to chaos. He added that the government should show political will, provide adequate funding and procure requisite tools for constant monitoring for efficiency and effectiven­ess.

"We understand that the governor is investing massively in road infrastruc­ture. However, this investment has to be within the framework of physical developmen­t plans prepared by qualified town planning profession­als so that they would not be efforts in futility.

"We urge him to show commitment to the Memorandum of Understand­ing ( MOU) entered into with the UNHabitat to prepare master plans for Akure, Owo and Ore as well as urban regenerati­on in 10 selected towns," he stated.

Ayinde enjoined the state government to make use of human resources residing in the state for its developmen­t, saying "the resources to plan the state already reside here. There is no need to seek foreign help or partners to build the state.

"What is left now is for the state to harness resources in existence. The government should also provide logistics and requisite requiremen­ts. It is not enough to plan without implementi­ng it."

He promised that the institute would be available to play any role that would lead to developmen­t in Nigeria, particular­ly in the state at a short notice.

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