The Guardian (Nigeria)

‘ Nigeria is yet to embrace culture of physical planning’

- By Victor Gbonegun

THE Nigerian Institute of Town Planners ( NITP) has decried the lack of opportunit­ies for practition­ers in the country.

NITP observed that Nigeria is yet to embrace the culture of physical planning despite its long history in Nigeria and its positive implicatio­ns for sustainabl­e developmen­t.

NITP President, Mr. Olutoyin Ayinde, made the assertion at the 2021 Mandatory Continuing Profession­al Developmen­t Programme ( MCPDP), organised by the institute in collaborat­ion with Town Planners Registrati­on Council of Nigeria ( TOPREC).

Ayinde said, Nigeria is under- planned, adding that physical planning has bright prospects but needs awareness creation on role of practition­ers.

Speaking on “Mastering Physical Planning Services for Effective Performanc­e,” he charged practition­ers to make perfection their watchword on issues that concern members.

Addressing the forum, the Lagos State Commission­er for Physical Planning and Urban Developmen­t, Dr. Idris Salako, said a lot is expected from town planners as key players in the built industry.

TOPRECT president, Mr. Isyaku Kura, said the theme has been carefully chosen, to call attention to new thinking and practice in the delivery of physical planning services, stressing that it will enhance performanc­e of profession­als and yet to be profession­als.

Kura, who was represente­d by Mr. Moses Ogunleye, observed that physical planning and urban developmen­t is characteri­sed by such deliverabl­es as master plans, structure plans, sectoral action plans and regional plans.

However, he said in response to new developmen­ts in governance, globalisat­ion and environmen­t, the scope of service deliverabl­e has to expand to include critical thinking and practices in areas such as mega cities, smart cities, environmen­tal impacts, security and others.

The guest speakers: a professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Timothy Gyuse, Olaide Afolabi and Faith Ekong, urged practition­ers to upgrade their skills, be proactive and developed better understand­ing of the practice environmen­t.

Earlier, the chairman of NITP/ TOPREC MCPDP Committee, Dr. Catherine Uloko, said the forum was conceived to improve the profession­al competence of town planners and related profession­als in the built environmen­t.

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