By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP), has appealed to federal government and various stakeholders in city management to take necessary actions to promote regeneration of Nigeria cities.
The institute made the called in a communiqué issued at the end of it’s 50th National Conference/Annual General Meeting which took place at Ibadan, Oyo State,from Monday, 28th October to Friday, 1st November 2019 .
The theme of the conference targeted “Regenerating Nigerian Cities for Sustainable Development” has drawn over 1000 participants who were in attendance among whom were stakeholders in the building environment.
A communique signed by the National Public Relations Secretary,Tpl. Sani Daniel,the communique noted that, at the end of the conference observations where made which are “challenges of urbanisation in Nigerian cities are evident and are driven by factors which require innovation to manage, regeneration of Nigerian cities for sustainable development requires participatory and inclusive approach of engaging meaningfully with a wide range of stakeholders,There is no synergy between urban growth, infrastructure and investment in Nigerian cities and this leads to high property value which is not affordable to many city dwellers,Nigerian cities do not engage the use of virtual spaces for city regeneration,Most Nigerian cities are not sustainable because they developed organically without recourse to policies and strategies to make them inclusive,Nigerian cities do not support statutory integration of the informal sector that constitutes larger percentage of economic activities, the structure of housing in most cities does not allow for the integration of small-scale enterprises for the section of the society whose income is below the median household income and Physical planning laws and institutions are not given due considerations in the protection and management of heritage properties in Nigerian cities among other recommendations”, the communique emphasized
According to the communique recommendations were also made “City administrators should ensure regeneration of Nigerian cities through effective provision of urban infrastructure and adoption of innovation which is a proactive approach towards achievement of sustainable cities,Government at different levels should enact appropriate legislation to enhance regeneration of our cities,Government should provide the framework for effective collaboration among stakeholders in the preservation of heritage properties and Government and city planners should consider flexible planning policies that support income-generating activities in the design of low-cost public housing projects with minimal negative environmental impact”.
The Conference ended with the Annual General Meeting where the following officers were re-elected to serve in the National Executive Council of the Institute for the year 2019/2020.
National President,Tpl. Ezutah, Lekwa Olugu ,1st National Vice-President,Tpl. Ayinde, Olutoyin A.,2nd National Vice-President,Tpl. Atebije, Nathaniel Mamodu, National SecretaryTpl. Nyam, Patrick K, 1st Assistant National Secretary,Tpl. Ukanwa Austin Ugoh, 2nd National Assistant Secretary,Tpl. Ashiru, Olugbenga Oladimeji ,National Treasurer,Tpl. Wetnwan, Moris D., National Financial Secretary,Tpl. Chinwuba , Nkiru Gloria,National Auditor,Tpl. Alonge, Zachariah Oloyede,National Public Relations Secretary,Secretary,Tpl. Sani, Daniel,
Assistant Public Relations ,Tpl. Nwokaeze , Edmund C.Ex-Officio IV,Tpl. Adeniyi, Victoria O,Ex.Officio III,Tpl. Sheyin, Theresa Susanna, Chairman Practice Committee,Tpl. Adelu, Muyiwa Adegbemile, Chairman Publications Committee,Tpl. Azani, Nwabukwu Ubaka, Chairman Membership Committee, Tpl. Prof. Alaci S. A. Davidson,Chairman Education & Research Committee, Tpl. Prof. Uchegbu, Smart and Ndubisi,Chairman Ethics and Disciplinary Committee, Tpl. Dr. Salako, Idris O While the immediate past National President and National Secretary were constitutionally co-opted as Ex. Officio I –Tpl. Luka Bulus Achi (FNITP) Ex. Officio II – Tpl. Osunsanmi Gbolabo (FNITP).
Meanwhile,The Conference was declared open by the Executive Governor of Oyo State represented by the State Head of Service, Alhaja Amidat Ololade Agboola. The keynote address was delivered by the Honourable Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory, Tpl. Dr .Mrs Ramatu Aliyu. Goodwill messages were received from the President, Ghana Institute of Planners (GIP), Alfred Kwasi Opoku, FGIP; the Honourable Member of House of Representatives representing Ohaofia/Arochukwu Federal Constituency, Tpl. (Hon.) Uko N. Nkole; the President of Town Planners Registration Council of Nigeria (TOPREC); Tpl. (Prof.) Layi Egunjobi, FNITP, the President of the Association of Town Planning Consultants of Nigeria (ATOPCON), Tpl. Niyi Odetoye, FNITP.
The 14 papers Presented included the lead paper entitled: “Innovation and Sustainable Urban Development in Nigerian Human Settlements”, presented by Dr. Rosemary Omoayena Odunbaku, a Human Settlements Officer with the UN-Habitat.