The Nigerian Institute of Town Planners is set to launch a lecture series in honour of its late past President, Dr Femi Olomola, who died in office in 2016.
In a statement signed by the Chairman, Planning Committee, Mr Tayo Awomosu, the institute said the maiden edition of the lecture series would hold in Lagos on Thursday, July 26, 2018, with the theme, ‘Inclusive urban development in Nigeria: Issues, challenges and opportunities’.
Awomosu said a former Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof Oye Ibidapo-Obe, would be the guest speaker and would discuss matters of national development, vis-à-vis inclusiveness in urban affairs, human rights, governance, empowerment and others.
He added that a former President of the Association Professional Bodies of Nigeria and Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Mr Segun Ajanlekoko, would preside over the event.
“The lecture is being organised by the Lagos State chapter of the institute as a mark of honour to Olomola for his contributions to the development of town planning profession in Nigeria and at the global sphere. It is designed to be an avenue to engender discussions and debates, as well as influence decision making on development issues in Nigeria,” Awomosu said.
According to him, the National President of the NITP, Luka Achi, will be the chief host, while the Chairman of Lagos State chapter, Kunle Salami, will host the event.
Meanwhile, the institute has condoled with the government and people affected by the recent flooding in Ogun, Ondo and Katsina states.
In a statement signed by the National Public Relations Secretary, NITP, Olugbenga Ashiru, the institute urged people who reside along water and coastal ways to take urgent action by relocating to safer areas.
The statement read in part, “Having studied the Nigerian Metrological Agency’s report, which warned that many parts of the country are likely to be affected by flooding in the year 2018 due to a shift in the rainfall pattern caused by climate change, and also the Nigerian Hydrological Service Agency’s 2018 annual report outlook, which announced that 380 local government areas in 35 states will experience flooding this year, 2018, the institute charges government at all levels to note that the increase in urbanisation and industrialisation calls for the need to control and prevent environmental hazards like flooding, air and water pollution etc.
“The institute urgently calls on government at all levels to implement the Nigerian Urban and Regional Planning Law and prepare development guides for settlements in order to prevent future occurrences and achieve sustainable cities. The institute expresses sadness over the preventable incidents and prays for God to console the families affected.”