The Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority (ECTDA) says it will partner with town planners to increase speed of development of infrastructure in Enugu metropolis and its environs.
The Chairman of ECTDA, Mr Joseph Onoh disclosed this in Enugu when professionals in the building environment paid him a courtesy visit in his office.
The building environment professionals comprise of the Nigerian Institute of Town planners (NITP), Nigerian Institute of Builders (NIOB), Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA) and Nigerian Institution of Surveyor (NIS) among other.
Onoh decried the delay in approval of developers’ plan by the council chairmen, and urged council engineers and town planners to send their scheduled plan to ECTDA for approval and create effective working environment.
He said that the agency would work with all the professional bodies to ensure that anybody given an approval, actually fulfilled all the provisions of the law, adding that such would avert building collapse in the city.
“The essence of this meeting is for ECTDA in accordance with the stipulated provision of law establishing it to have a harmonious existence with the town planners and be able to have a schedule of all submitted plans from the various local governments areas of the state.
“And also, if we have the specific numbers of these schedules; we will be able to anticipate when the approval will be given.
“We wish to do this to create effective environment where as we take the approval and move forward to check development in the various construction/building sites.
“We believe this will help increase the speedy development of infrastructure in the state.
“We work with all professional bodies to ensure that once we give you an approval, you have actually fulfilled all the provisions of the law and we will make it possible that there will be no more building collapse in the city,’’ Onoh said.
The ECTDA boss, who attributed collapse of structure to developers’ disobedient to government order, however, warned that any structure illegally built, would be demolished.
“We also wish to cut down on the building collapses and structure defects in the town during the process of execution but the coronavirus pandemic has delayed our enforcement,’’ he said.
Earlier, Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, Enugu chapter, Mr Emmanuel Asadu, who spoke on behalf of other planning associations, commended the ECTDA chairman for his unrelenting effort to return Enugu city to its original glory and avert building collapses.
Asadu said that the professionals’ were committed to work with the plans of ECTDA to make Enugu state enviable and a comfort city for developers.
“ECTDA has its own agenda and plans in its best way to move the building/environment development plan forward.
“The building/environment planning professional will key into it because all we are looking for is to get the approval of plans done within two weeks to make our developer comfortable.