Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, said the government will maintain collaboration with built environment stakeholders to effectively implement the state’s planning laws.

Obaseki said this during a stakeholder meeting in Benin City, which he said was held to ensure that the state government and stakeholders were on the same page in the successful implementation of the Making Edo Great Again (MEGA) program.

Stakeholders at the meeting included land surveyors, builders, engineers and representatives of safety agencies.

The Governor, who was represented by Edo State Service Chief, Anthony Okungbowa Esq., said stakeholders had been brought together to buy into the government’s agenda to clean up the system and build trust among the public. stakeholders in state capacity. Ministry of Territorial Planning and Urban Development.

“Our responsibility as government is to develop synergy and collaboration with stakeholders to enable the fulfillment of our promises to the people of Edo in city and regional planning across the state,” he said. note.

Obaseki added, “We worked on the engine room of the government which is the public service, and made it a strategic service. The state government has shifted the service from a transactional to a strategic approach to ensuring service delivery. This is a stakeholder meeting on physical planning and the MEGA program. »

The Commissioner for Land Use Planning and Urban Development, Isoken Omo, said: “This meeting aims to bring stakeholders together, acquaint them with the challenges and the strategy in place to improve the physical environment by controlling the rising illegal constructions. The Ministry is working to sanitize the system and urges relevant stakeholders to work with the MPPUD to change the Ministry’s narrative so that it fits into the Governor’s MEGA Agenda.

“The Ministry will hold public meetings involving Edo residents, engaging them on the need to change the narrative and rewrite the evil that has led to the breakdown of the state in terms of physical planning and property development in the State.”

A member of the Council of Register Builders Association of Nigeria, Gabriel Omoruyi, said: “System breakdown is the inability to do things right, using professional bodies like quantity surveyors, architects, planners, among others, to contribute their quota. to change the narrative of the MPPUD.