31 January 2021 By Remi Johnson
FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani
Aliyu, has called on members of the Nigeria Institute of Town Planners to tackle the challenges of rapid urbanisation in most cities across the country.
The Minister who made the call in Abuja during the 13th investiture of the Nigeria Institute of Town Planners, FCT Chapter, also called on the institute to support the Administration in working for improved legislation on physical planning and urban development in Nigerian towns and cities.
Represented by the Director, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Zalihau Ahmed, the minister used the occasion to reveal that the Administration is working and with the support of the African Development Bank to undertake urban improvement projects in eight satellite towns of Jikwoyi, Gwagwalada, Kuje, Dutsen-Alhaji, Abaji, Orozo, Zuba, and Kwali.
Aliyu added that the Administration was committed to providing increased budgetary allocation to support critical infrastructure development outside the city centre, especially roads and bridges, water supply and sanitation, primary healthcare and renewable energy solutions, amongst others.
” The FCT Administration shall be looking forward to working with you to find innovative solutions that guarantee the right development balance between the city centre and the satellite towns and hinterlands. Something must be done urgently to address the challenges of urbanisation especially in their Federal Capital Territory”.
In his inaugural speech, the chairman, Mustapha Mubdiyu, assured members of the institute that steps would be taken to digitize all records and processes of the chapter in line with global standard.