TO reduce the challenges associated with unplanned cities, the Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has said his administration will implement the state’s Urban and Regional Planning Law.
Governor Okowa gave the assurance when members of Nigeria Institute of Architects (NIA), Delta State chapter led by its Chairman, Architect Andy Imafidon paid him a courtesy call in Asaba.
According to Governor Okowa, his administration was committed to ensuring safe and well planned towns and cities in the state, noting that issues of building collapse, poor land development control process and disorderly development should be a thing of the past in the state.
The governor said that he would look into the implementation of urban planning laws so as to give bite to the land development control process, check poor construction work and eradicate issues of building collapse and asserted that his administration would continue to partner with the NIA because of the critical roles the institute plays in the development process of towns and cities.
Governor Okowa at the occasion, further disclosed that he was not in haste to appoint Permanent Secretaries, observing that while Permanent Secretaries must be appointed on merit, it should be done based on available vacancies.
Earlier, Arc. Imafidon said the visit was to intimate the governor of the planned hosting of the NIA National Council Meeting which would coincide with the organization of the 2016 Archi-Delta Expo, stating that the exposition will bring together building material manufacturers, developers, specifiers and stakeholders in the construction industry.
He commended Governor Okowa for recording a lot of successes in the construction sector despite the “current economic recession in the nation.”