Inadequate planning: 50 cities suffer havoc – Expert

Lack of planning has created chaotic situations across over 50 major cities in Nigeria, a member of the professional bodies of Nigeria, Dr Omode Idris, has said.

Idris, who spoke recently in Abuja at the investiture ceremony of the 23rd national president and the inauguration of the 2018/2019 national executive committee of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP), said the development has made those cities to be ineffective with poor layouts.

This, he added, was compounded by poorly implemented development plans for many towns and cites in Nigeria, and called on town planners to be focused on initiation and implementation of development projects that would stimulate the economy.

Idris, who chaired the occasion, also called on professionals to field candidates and participate in the electoral process  with a view  to redirecting the economy.

He also called on the government to see professionals as partners in progress just he solicited their involvement and participation in government’s programmes and policies.

“As town planners, you have a major role to play in the initiation and implementation of development projects that would stimulate the economy. Lack of planning has created chaotic situations across over 50 major cities in Nigeria.

“As a result , these cities have naturally become ineffective with poor layouts, distorted buildings, bad building setback, bad utility fixtures, infrastructural malposition among others. This unfortunate situation is further compounded by poorly implemented development plans for many towns and cities.

“Undoubtedly, whatever happens in the political environment naturally affects the functioning of professionals in their various professional environment. Professionals must rise to the occasion in the political field and facilitate in the process of redirecting the economy, professional engagement and deployment for our collective good.

“Professionals have a responsibility to stimulate the growth of the economy and productivity in the right direction. Government on her part, should value professionals as partners in progress for the common good of the people”

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