Lagos reiterates commitment to town planning

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

Lagos City, South-Western Nigeria. (Nigeria's Commercial Hub).

The Lagos State government has reiterated its commitment to ensure effective town planning management with adequate collaboration.

The General Manager Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA), Town planner, Funmi Osifuye gave the indication during internal Presentation of Final Draft Reports on Geo–Referenced Infrastructural Mapping and development plans of some areas in the State.

Osifuye, who was speaking to the Directors, Assistant Directors, Chief Planning Officers, District Officers in the Authority, explained that planning of towns and villages in the State is a team work to be done by all.

He said that the Authority, aside its function of Processing and issuance of planning permits in the State is equally mandated to Prepare Development Guide Plans on “Excised Villages” within the State.

According to him, “Planning of towns, districts, local government and others must be embark upon by all professional and not left to officers in the District and Local Plans Department (DLPD) alone.”

Higher tasks
The GM said that every officer should be prepared for higher tasks as they can be deployed to any core departments of the Agency.

He urged them to make relevant contributions, observations and constructive criticisms of the Draft in order to enhance city planning and administration in the affected areas in particular and Lagos State in general.

The Director of District and Local Plans Department, Town planner Abubakre Ogunneye maintained that the Final Draft Reports were the conclusion of the earlier presentation made in July.

He stated that the Presentation was in line with the statutory functions of the Department.

He said that the Geo–Referenced Data Set which would be available in the District Offices will show location, spread of infrastructure and other details such as Urban Design, Pedestrian Bridge, Linear Park along canal setback, road improvement and sewage among others.

The Draft on Infrastructural Mapping affects Kosofe and Mainland Local Government Areas while the Development Plans is for Lakowe and Itoikin “Excised Villages” of Lagos State.

Sammie Idika