Emmanuel Addeh in Abuja
The Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Ahmed Dangiwa, has assured the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP) of increased collaboration to bolster efforts towards a more sustainable housing and urban planning environment.
The minister gave this assurance when he hosted the leadership of the institute at the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja, according to a statement by his Special Adviser, Media, Mr Mark Chieshe.
Dangiwa stressed the importance of effective urban and regional planning, noting that the institute’s input and its members’ expertise will be vital in the ministry’s efforts to build liveable, decent, and sustainable cities and communities.
“As you are all aware, our great nation is at a critical juncture in its history. With a rapidly growing population and urbanisation trends, the challenges facing our cities and towns have become more complex and demanding. It is evident that proper urban planning and housing development are key to addressing these challenges effectively,” he said.
He further emphasised the essential role the institute plays in shaping the physical, social, and economic development of cities and communities.
He noted that expertise in spatial planning, environmental management, and infrastructure development were critical in ensuring that urban areas were well-planned and able to meet the needs of citizens.
The delegation, led by the institute’s President, Nathaniel Atebije, highlighted the challenges confronting the institute and the sector.
The institute called on the minister to support the delivery of specific demands, including facilitating the completion and adoption of the Revised National Urban Development Policy, as well as the National Physical Planning Standards.
It also urged the implementation of the Nigerian Urban and Regional Planning Law to guide physical development and the establishment of relevant institutions like the National Urban and Regional Planning Commission.