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To promote livable environment, Nigerian town planners have advanced the need for stakeholders especially, government to develop sustainable data management system that would guide physical development plan and the growth of the cities.

The Chairman of the Lagos state chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, Bisi Adedire who stated this during the 2019 world’s town planners’ day organised by the chapter in Lagos, expressed worries on discrepancies in data management in the country. According to him, if authorities don’t get the data right, physical planning won’t be functional and effective as expected.

Adedire said, “Authorities should classify and categorize Nigerian city and evolve data management for the cities so that we know who is at where, at any point in time. For most Nigerian cities, data is a big problem. One-government officials would claim there are five million people in a particular city and another would say they are two million. The issue of data management by the National population commission, national bureau of statistics needs to be taken more seriously by those agencies and institution.”

“There is the need for capacity development of those who would implement plans. In most cases when plans are developed, the people who are to implement always assume that it is not their function whereas plans belongs to the entire residence of the city and so there is need for partnership to get plans implemented.”

Adedire who spoke through the Vice Chairman, Lookman Oshodi stressed that governments need to embark on preparation of physical development plans by engaging registered professionals.

He observed that governments needs to go on an aggressive drive to employ professionals to enhance their abilities to deliver dividends of democracy and their campaign promises adding that any development that is not planned for, shouldn’t developed to discourage illegal projects.

The World Town Planning Day (WTPD) is an international day for celebrating the accomplishments of town planners and their contributions to communities. The yearly celebration became a practice since 1949 being initiated by Professor Carlos María della Paolera of Buenos Aires of Argentina to promote the value of town planning all over the world and deliberate on how to shape the world and make it a place where human live, work and play together.

Speaking on this years’ celebration which centers, on Equality and Diversity, Environment and Climate Change, Sustainable and Healthy Communities and Economic Development, Adedire said it’s important to provoke actions and promote urban planning as an important tool for achieving the components of the sustainable development goals and addressing the challenges of climate change, inequalities and respect for humanity across the world with particular reference to the national environment.

“Economic planning has dominated the scene of national planning in so many places without recourse to the fact all developments are tied to land. Painfully, physical development plans have been relegated; and thus Nigeria has been seen to be growing but with little evidence of development. The result of this is manifested in the challenges in our human settlements such as undue strains and stresses on existing urban infrastructural facilities and services including electricity, pipe borne water supply, traffic congestion, slum development and its associated problems of epidemics, crimes and social crises.

He tasked government to enforce a situation where physical development plans are made before commencement of construction or where interventions of town planners are sought to remedy deteriorating urban or rural environment, organized, rational, healthy, safe, economic, functional and aesthetic development is realised.


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