07 August 2020 By Remi Johnson
FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has assured members of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, that efforts would be made for improved budgetary provisions in the 2021 budget in view of the critical roles town planners play through review and implementation of physical plans for urban renewal
The Minister gave this assurance when management of the Institute paid her a working visit in Abuja.
He stressed that recent flooding in most parts of the territory could have been avoided if town planners were actively engaged in the physical planning of satellite towns and settlements.
The minister who is also a town planner by profession frowned at the conflict of roles between physical planners and engineers and other allied professionals, that there was need to redefine the essence of town planning in Nigeria
She assured that with the approval of the FCT Minister, an adhoc committee would be set up for town planners to go round the city to see what could be done differently to redefine the essence of town planning in Nigeria.
She, therefore, appealed to members of the National Assembly to assist the profession for improved budgetary provisions for the implementation of physical plans for satellite towns and urban management.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation ,National President of Nigerian Institute of Town Planners,Mr Lekwa Ezutah, commended the minister for her zeal to improve the sector.
While appreciating the efforts at creating the Directorate of Physical Planning in FCT Satellite Towns Development Department (STDD), he implored that the Directorate of Physical Planning be given the full latitude to exercise its functions.
“We have observed that the FCT is in dire need for planners at all levels to facilitate organised development …We recommend an aggressive manpower hunt for professional planners into the services of FCTA, provide adequate equipment for enforcement and improve the capacity of planners through training and retraining programmes either locally or international programmes,” he stressed.