The Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, Lagos State Chapter, has pledged to become more involved in environmental issues in the state through physical planning.
The Chairman of the chapter, Mr Adebisi Adedire, stated that as custodians of the environment, town planners were indebted to the inhabitants of the state.
Adedire, who spoke at his investiture as the 16th chairman of NITP, Lagos Chapter, said there would be more focus on creating avenue through which town planners could be involved in the governance process of the state.
He said, “We won’t be allowing the government to take actions relating to the environment, physical planning and development of the city alone. On this premise, we will be embarking on a major programme for this administration titled, ‘Change the city project’.
“This initiative is focused on assisting the government by providing policy supportive interventions mechanism into the governance process in Lagos State. Studies, which will cover several physical planning aspects, will be carried out in all local government areas and Local Council Development Areas.”
The President of the NITP, Mr Lekwa Ezutah, said members should stimulate intellectual discussions that would move the institute forward.
Ezutah, who was represented by the 1st Vice-President, Mr Toyin Ayinde, said for the institute and the society in general to make progress, there was a need for critical thinking and understanding of the environment and everything within it.