Laws on town planning must be enforced – Ayinde
By Demola Atobaba, Ado-Ekiti
The Nigeria Institute of Town Planners has called on government at all levels to ensure strict enforcement of laws that will ensure proper planning of towns and communities.
The national president of the institute, Mr Olutoyin Ayinde, made the call while speaking with Orient Daily in Ado-Ekiti, shortly after a working visit to Ekiti state.
Ayinde said some states had not been implementing their master plans properly, hence the reason for various crises such as flood and spread of diseases, among others.
He explained that improper planning of towns had great impact on the social and economic lives of the people hence it must be given necessary attention.
Mr. Ayinde, however, urged the Ekiti state government to develop a regional plan that would show how communities in the state connect with one another.
Also speaking with Orient Daily, the chairman, Nigeria Institute of Town Planners in Ekiti state, Mr. Ojo Alegbeleye, enjoined members of the public to always consult certified town planners in erecting their structures.
In his message, a member of the institute, Mr. Bunmi Adeyanju, called on the state government to employ more professional town planners, saying such would help to monitor and ensure proper planning of towns and villages in Ekiti state.
The national president had earlier paid a visit to the speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Mr. Funminiyi Afuye, where he promised that laws capable of promoting developmental planning in the state would be enacted and passed.