• As Lagos pursues a sustainable and livable environment
The Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP) has urged stakeholders to provide leverage for the town planning profession to thrive for the greater benefit of cities and citizens.

The institute warned that cities would deteriorate and exemplify planlessness where urban planning is practically in flight, adding that the development of well-articulated master plans and subsidiary plans cannot be overemphasized. legislative support.

NITP Chairman, Mr. Olutoyin Ayinde, who spoke at the commemoration of World Town Planning Day 2021, said that Nigeria is grappling with the global challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate change and terrorism, with many of its citizens involuntarily displaced or dead.

The consequences, he said, are pronounced in the absence or neglect of planning. He said land use conflicts, remote accessibility to essential social amenities and poorly coordinated emergency response are ills addressed through conscious planning.

Commemorating the day promotes the ideals of urban planning and educates the public about its role in creating livable communities. This is a turning point in the 72-year history of raising awareness of the environmental impact produced by the development of human settlements.

It also helps to clarify the role of planners and the responsibilities of governments and the community at large on how the colonies of the world can be shaped into an ideal ambience for habitation, work and recreation.

According to him, the signs of lack of attention to planning are quite visible, ranging from a disorganized physical environment, disjointed road networks, uncoordinated housing development, lack of physical and social infrastructure to unfinished projects. He added that the emergence of informal settlements and the congestion of limited facilities are straining the ability of urban areas to become resilient.

Ayinde said: “The experience of the COVID-19 pandemic has now highlighted the importance of urban planning and the need for us to plan our human settlements, especially urban areas, which would house around 55% of world population. .

“Areas with the best planning practices have demonstrated a capacity for resilience, which those without planning do not have. Policymakers and the political class must understand that all programs and promises have spatial implications, which makes urban planning, which emphasizes the spatial arrangement of human activities, very important.

The seemingly provocative clashes between farmers and herders, the NITP boss said, are the result of the absence or neglect of regional plans, master plans and subsidiary plans aimed at harmonizing different land use interests to peaceful coexistence and national growth.

He further said that the annual budgetary rituals of the nations are facing difficult times as the spatial dimensions of the provisions have been overlooked in the design.
He said planners are on hand to help reconnect scarce land resources, programs and capital projects.

“Our institutions need to be inclusive, smart, resilient and sustainable. To achieve these lofty goals, fellow citizens, practitioners and policy makers must understand, appreciate and continuously pursue the ideals of the planning profession, enable the process and adopt the products. »

In a related development, the state government, through its Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, said the annual celebration of World Town Planning Day is a call clear to promote the ideals of a livable, organized and sustainable built environment.

Salako noted that the protection of the physical environment is relevant to the continued development, social security and well-being of the human race, as the built environment remains the superstructure on which other sectors revolve.

He urged professionals working in the sector to adhere to standards and regulations, as it was in the best interests of society. He added that it was important to seize the advantage of the day to raise awareness of the Lagos State land use planning laws and incite compliance.

Salako sympathizes with the families of the victims of the Ikoyi building collapse and wishes the survivors a speedy recovery, saying the state would surely emerge stronger from this unfortunate experience.

The Commissioner said that the administration led by Babajide Sanwo-Olu is sparing no effort in giving due attention to physical planning and urban development with innovative policies including the continued automation of physical planning sector processes .