‘’The need to give support to professional colleagues in Public practice is very Germaine now that Nigerians are being conscious of the profession and also government placing priority at national level on the need to implement National Planning Commission that has since been neglected, where its failure has long lead to more agrarian means in the way planning policies of the country should go’’ adding to it, is the disappointment in the failure of the Niger Delta Development Plan that cost the government over 6billion in it preparation, and its failure of other regional based interventionist programmes.’’
This was contained in message Tpl Paul Akporowho delivered in the just concluded (ATOPCON) Association of Town Planning Consultants of Nigeria’s Annual General Meeting, with Topic (Challenges of Urban and Regional Practices and way-forward).
Tpl Akporowho who happened to be one of the discussants called on the Nigeria institute of Town planners (NITP) and Town planner Registration Council (TOPREC), its registered body to corporate with (ATOPCON) Association of Town planning Consultants of Nigeria to enable it contribute through coordination and organising the practice of the profession where in doing so, he said would ensure inclusiveness of its professionals in public practice for functional efficiency where impunity is discouraged amongst practitioners with the understanding of ensuring order and sanity to the profession.
Lagos state commissioner for physical planning and urban development, Tpl Anifowose in his own submissions echoed a clarion call for corporation between planners in public practice and those in private sector, the physical planning commissioner said without the corporation of each other, there can never be meaningful and sustainable development of both the habitat and inhabitants
‘’I urge you to come together for the benefit of mankind and for the interest of all, doing these mean a lot to us all, since everybody knows we are the custodians of the built environment and we must now re-focus our responsibility at ensuring sustainable environment for convenience and better living condition’’.
in its closing remark, Association of town planning consultants of Nigeria ATOPCON President, Tpl Salako thank every participants and most especially hail the commissioner for physical planning in the state of Lagos for his open door policies and essentially for allowing it have input in the approval of new regulations for development control in the state of Lagos which indeed is in consonance with the extents laws on planning. Salako also commend the minister of Work, Housing and Urban Development, and Mr. Fashola for setting in motion, the process of constituting National Planning Commission. The intention, ATOPCON President said he considers as being the bravest and that it would impact on decision that will help give a clear policy direction, framework and standards for Nigeria states including the federal capital territory that will aid proper planning coming with Trans-boundary infrastructures and amenities with direction in mass housing, railway, security and regional projects.
The Annual General meeting saw the association fielding elected officers in various capacities where Tpl Salako was elected as it substantial President whilst other officers had successfully taken over other various positions
Dignitaries who were at the occasion include Tpl Toyin Ayinde, former commissioner of physical planning in the state of Lagos, Tpl layi Egunjobi (TOPREC) President. The event took place at Academy inn Hall Agidingbi in ikeja.