Town planners explore functionality in Nigerian cities at Ilorin AGM

Bothered by the fact that Nigerian cities may have failed to provide for and promote an environment sustainable for living, work and recreation, settlement development practitioners have taken up a campaign to address the unsavoury situation.

Under the aegis of their umbrella association – the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP), the city planners are using the occasion of their yearly meeting and conference to beam a light on the issue. The 46th Conference and AGM of the NITP has “Making Cities in Nigeria Functional” as its theme, and will hold at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Ilorin, Kwara State October 27th to 30th, 2015.

Apart from taking stock of developments in the profession as well as welfare of the practitioners, the conference will attempt an overview of the functionality element of cities with a view to making them facilitate growth and development.

Chairman, Organising Committee and First National Vice-President of the NITP, Tpl Luka Achi, said: “The focus of this year’s theme is on making settlements in Nigeria functional. The human settlement is expected to provide and promote an environment suitable for sustainable living, work and recreation. In Nigeria, this dream has continued to be an illusion as settlements of various sizes and characteristics exhibit elements of disjointed and dysfunctional space use and inter-relationship.

“The impact of this can be observed in the absence of physical plans, poor transportation and related services, absence of social amenities and services and a general neglect of the socially disadvantaged group of the society. Where these plans exist, they are either distorted or not complied with.”

According to Tpl Achi, settlements are the centres of human survival and progress. “These investment, social development and cultural imprints evolve over time. The role of Planning is to ensure that these elements of human settlement progression are promoted through plans and development and control so as to ensure conduciveness, progress and fairness to all; and are sustained in the interest of future generations,” he added.

National Publicity Secretary of the NITP, Tpl Effiong Akpan, stated: “The goal of this year’s conference is to take an overview of the functionality elements of our cities with a view to exploring the application of physical planning strategies so as to make them functional and thereby facilitate growth and development of the human settlement in all its ramifications. To this extent, a practical experience sharing by the relevant stakeholders will be an added dimension to this programme.”

Nationa Secretary, Tpl Alex Ogbodo, stressed: “In fulfilling one of its objectives of traing and dissemination of information on the profession, the Institute organises National Conference and AGM every year during which issues of national importance and relevance are discussed, and recommendations are forwarded to government and other stakeholders for consideration and implementation with a view to facilitating organised growth and development in our nation.”

2 Replies to “Town planners explore functionality in Nigerian cities at Ilorin AGM”

  1. Good initiative. The entire matter lies on the laps of town planners, who like our governments and legislators make laws and they don’t obey the law. The incumbent President of NITP, Dr. Femi Olomola reinforced this assertion in a recent interview where he, inter alia said that i) government lacks the political will to plan,ii) we are a sort of funny society where the rule of law is not part of our culture, iii) poor and almost zero budgetary allocation for planning. Added to all these are unscrupulous town planners who are NOT good-conduct compliant professionally.

    Until we start to remove the ” fallen trees” from the top and address each of these knotty issues frontally by:
    A. Impress on government to accord planning due recognition and allocate adequate resources to planning,
    B. Cut legal teeth for planning and ensure strict enforcement of planning regulations; and
    C. Up planning advocacy through participatory planning and inclusiveness and where possible establish local “CITIZEN PLANNING ACADEMIES” as community education programs, where citizens are taught the basics of planning so as to facilitate and support understanding of planning and planning policy,
    we shall be moving round in circle. A case of motion no movement.

    Tpl. yacoob abiodun
    Hayward City,
    California, USA.

  2. The Town planners in Nigeria must insist on functional planning of cities. Today most cities in Nigeria have no functional plans to coordinate the three key functions of a sustainable city system: providing suitable environment for living, working and recreating. Therefore, planners must impress on Governments to finance the production of comprehensive plans at all levels.

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