Urban and regional planning experts have called on members of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners to ensure the discharge of their duties to clients and the public in accordance with the ethics of their profession.
A building construction expert and former Special Adviser to the President on Budget Monitoring and Price Intelligence, Prof. Kunle Wahab, said the code of professional conduct of construction professionals was similar across the professions and that compliance was mandatory for individuals, either as employees or employers.
Wahad, who spoke at the investiture of the 15th Chairman of the Lagos Chapter of the NITP and inauguration of the executive committee, said professionals must carry out their duties to the satisfaction of their clients.
He added, “The adoption, adherence and enforcement of the code of professional ethics and conduct is one of the fundamental characteristics of a professional body.
“The expectation is that all members of each profession, whether they are employers or employees in the private sector, public sector and academics, should discharge their duties to the clients and the public in accordance with ethical principles.”
The Second Vice President, NITP, Mr.Toyin Ayinde, who represented the President, Mr. Luka Achi, said town planners must endeavour to behave well as professionals.
“In a world where many are tending towards mediocrity, we must either shape up or we die,” he said.
The outgoing Chairman, NITP, Lagos Chapter, Mr.Abiola Anifowoshe, said during his tenure, the chapter improved on its partnership with the government, private sector and residents in the realisation of city development, among other achievements.
The new Chairman, Mr. Kunle Salami, said he would work with the executive members to attain a sustainable human settlement in Lagos.
He said, “It is our resolve to continue the good work started by the executive we succeeded. Our administration will strive to consolidate on past achievements and also employ viable technical approaches in solving emerging societal and physio-environmental problems.
“The key plans are capital development and empowerment through talks and lecture series on issues bothering on competence, integrity, ethics, discipline and related technical and professional matters.”
The chapter also recognised individuals and corporate organisations who had contributed to the growth of the profession in various ways, including Punch Nigeria Limited.
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