Kura becomes TOPREC president, pledges stakeholders’ engagement
The regulatory body of planners – Town Planners Registration Council (TOPREC) has elected Mr. Isyaku Kura as its seventh president.
Kura who was inaugurated recently in Abuja to replace Prof. Olayiwola Egunjobi, said his tenure would be geared towards stakeholders’ engagement, especially with policymakers, works and housing ministries and other relevant agencies, Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP) as well as institutions and industry players.
Similarly, he plans positive image for the council through the establishment and operations of the Urban and Regional Planning Tribunal and Investigative Panel, to address erring planners.
Kura also hinted of collaborating with industry regulators in the built environment and ensuring actualisation of ongoing projects. He said: “I am certain the council will benefit a lot from my openness to dialogue with all members as a means to addressing some of the ills of the profession today for long term sustainability, growth and ease of regulation.”
Until his election, Kura was the Vice President of TOPREC, during which he also served as Chairman of the Council’s Investigative Panel. Born August 23, 1953, he is from Kura Local Government Area of Kano State.
He is bringing to bear his rich public sector experience of over three decades to the council. He has worked in the Kano State Environmental Planning and Protection Board, the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria and Kano State Urban Planning and Development Authority as Managing Director.
He was formally the Commissioner, Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport, Kano State. Kura is an NITP fellow, and member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, United Kingdom.
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