A group of concerned Town Planners headed by PP Waheed Kadiri; FNITP organized a colloquium to discuss pressing issues affecting the Nation and the profession of Town Planning in Nigeria. These arose as a fall out from conversations and correspondences between some eminent Planners in the IEEP social media.
The colloquium was held at 10.00am on Thursday, 14th January, 2016 at the NITP-Joseph Awogbemi House, Plot H6, Block H, Ikeja Lagos.
Planners from far and near including Past presidents attended the colloquium. NITP was ably represented by the Ag National President, Tpl Luka Achi; FNITP, 2NVP, Tpl Ezutah Lekwah; FNITP the National Secretary (represented by the 2ANS Tpl Patrick Nyam; MNITP) and the Executive Secretary Tpl BG Madziga; MNITP. The immediate Past president of the Institute, Tpl Chief S. Onu; FNITP (Ex Officio I) and immediate past National Secretary, Tpl N Atebije; FNITP (Ex Offcio II) were also present.
In his welcome speech the Chairman of the occasion, Tpl W Kadiri; FNITP noted that one of the challenges of the profession was that government attitude and low appreciation of urban and Regional Planning especially when decisions are taken, budgets are proposed and locational decisions are taken without consideration of urban and regional planning implications.
It is envisaged that Planners will define synopsis of the nation, its implications and sketch out strategies that the profession can follow with implementation process nationwide. Furthermore the forum was intended to debunk the argument that town planning activities “have been socially regressive, benefitting land and property owners and the educated and articulate middle class rather than the community”.
A way to wriggle out of this pigeon-hole had led to this forum where it is though that Planners can articulate how to make the profession more visible. It should be noted that the forum was brought in through private initiatives.
Papers were presented by eminent Fellows, members of the Institute and from the Academia on the following theme:
Planning and State of the Nation
Tpl Luka Achi (National President)
Tpl Lekwa Ezutah
Tpl Barka Madziga
Challenges of the Practice of Town Planning
Tpl Steve Onu
Tpl Toyin Ayinde
Tpl Makinde Ogunleye
Tpl HO Badejo
Tpl (Dr) Taibat Lawanso
Branding the Profession
Tpl Moses Ogunley
Prof Lai Oso
Mr Kunle Fatoki
Tpl Oliade Afolabi
Planning and Technology
Tpl Femi Olorunto
Tpl (Prof) Julius Olujimki
Past President Bunmi Ajayi anchored and concluded the General Discussions session.
Members of the Local Organizing Committee for the Colloquium are: Tpl Waheed Kadiri: FNITP, PP (Chairman), Tpl Ayodele Adediran, Tpl Dele Akindele, Tpl (Mrs) Animasaun, Tpl Omotayo Awomosu, Tpl Seun Ogunseye, Tpl Kazeem Bakinson (Secretary)
A COMMUNIQUÉ will be presented as soon as the organizers present the final copy.