City Functionality and Challenges of Urbanization in the FCT
The Acting National President of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP), Tpl Luka B Achi; FNITP and the Hon Minister of the Federal Capital Authority, Alhaji Mohammed Bello were guests of the Nigerian Television Authority for its “GOOD MORNING NIGERIA’ Show on Thursday, August 04, 2016 to discuss ‘City functionality and challenges of Urbanization in the FCT’. The Ag NP was also accompanied by the 1st Assistant National Secretary of the NITP, Tpl Gbolabo Osunsanmi; MNITP.
The Ag NP in his presentation on the topic maintained that as Cities evolve and grow, there must be budgetary provisions for continuous maintenance and renewal of the functions and facilities within the City. By so doing as well relevant Professionals there should be involved.
Secondly, the enforcement mechanism provided within and for the city must be efficient and sustainable and supported by all arms of Government. He went further to suggest specific restrictions of certain functions and vehicular movements in certain areas to avoid conflicts in land use.
Thirdly, approvals for functions should be issued promptly and monitoring mechanism more efficient. In hi spresentation, the Hon Minister for the FCT, Abuja identified several challenges especially with the weak enforcement and monitoring mechanisms within the FCT. He stated however, the FCT is currently doing everything possible to strengthen the mechanism.
On the transportation situation and land use within the FCT, the Hon Minister stated that when the light rail programme is completed, there would be more efficiency in transportation systems within the FCT.