UP CLOSE & PERSONAL: TPL. DR IDRIS O.SALAKO, FNITP

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Dr. Idris Salako, Commissioner for Physical Planing and Urban Development.

 

HONOURABLE COMMISSIONER, MINISTRY OF PHYSICAL PLANNING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

One of the high points of the Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu led administration in Lagos State is the renewal of the environment.  Being a littoral state, with a burgeoning population in excess of 20 million people and great intense economic and social activities, Lagos has always face the challenges of flooding, building collapse, possible environmental abuse and degradation.

Despite these enormous challenges, the Lagos state government has taken up the gauntlet to create and ensure a cleaner, healthier and sustainable physical environment that promotes economic growth and well being of the citizenry.

Presently, the state government is showing unparallel commitment to a cleaner environment and quality public health through implementation of community based solid waste management policy, flood control, vegetal control and high standard of home and personal hygiene, sanitation, control of environment pollution (air, water and noise), beautification and advertisement control.

Being the centre of commerce and excellence, Lagos state stands tall in Nigeria, giving strength and succor to all especially those in search of opportunities

Its atmosphere and environment is conducive for business with a population of over 20million, a staggering strength and advantage for industrial growth and commerce. In keeping pace with development around the world, the state has embarked on series of transformational programmes and projects which will only enhance but sustain its economy.

Infrastructural development such that promotes trade and accessibility within and around the state is engaged to make living in Lagos and doing business in Lagos easier for people. Good roads and new road net works are part of the beautiful face of Lagos.

It is in line with the desire of the current administration of Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu to transform the face of Lagos to that of a pacesetter in modernity and decent living that the choice of Dr. Idris Salako as the Honourable Commissioner for Physical Planning would be better appreciated.

A soft spoken, industrious, articulate, versatile and intelligent personality,  Dr. Idris Salako, a  Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, is a seasoned Town Planner and an astute administrator, who is proficient in urban development, development control administration, urban governance and infrastructure.

His expertise also cuts across many areas which include Housing Development, Strategic Planning, Land Plan Implementation, Municipal Planning and Infrastructural Development, Waste Management and Recycling, among others.

He was educated at the Federal University of Technology, Akure  where he bagged B. Tech, M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning. He also has a National Diploma in Town and Regional Planning.

With vast experience garnered from both private and public sectors,Dr. Idris Salako  has undertaken various projects such as Ikorodu Sub-Region Master Plan (2016-2036) Large/Medium/Small Scale Agro Industrial Parks(2013-2015) at Imota, Ikorodu and Mowo, Badagry as well as, Ibeju–Lekki and Ijanikin.

He was also involved in the development of an Environmental Preservation Control and Conservation Database for the Niger Delta and the Preparation of Development Schemes for the Redevelopment of Agbado Oke- Odo Unity market.

Drawing from his knowledge of State and Local Government affairs, he served as consultant to many corporate bodies and supported various organisations to comply with government policies while he facilitated Capacity Building Programs for selected Staff from Lagos State MDAs on GIS and GPS technology.

Experienced, dedicated and hardworking, Dr. Idris Salako caught the fancy of the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to earn him appointment in his cabinet as the Honourable Commissioner in the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development.

In the article, “What it takes to be great,” Geoffrey Colvin argues that: “you will achieve greatness only through an enormous amount of hard work over many years; and not just any hard work, but work of a particular type that’s demanding and painful.”

 

He explains that anyone can become great and no one is born with a gift for a specific profession. Colvin uses many examples to support his statement such as Tiger Woods, a golf champion, Winston Churchill, a great orator, and Michael Jordan, a basketball player”.

 

Of course, Geoffrey Colvin isn’t really far from the truth. All the personalities he mentioned have all excelled in their respective careers through a dint of hardwork and selfless commitment. Tiger Woods, at 18 months, was encouraged to play golf by his father. By the time he was 18 years old, he became the youngest winner ever of the U.S. Amateur Championships.

 

Winston Churchill spent hours rehearsing his speeches and became one of the 20th century’s greatest orators. Michael Jordan was kicked off his high school team because he wasn’t good enough to play.

In same vein, Dr. Idris Salako is a man who believes that nothing works like hardwork.  He has imbibed the virtue of hardwork right from his youthful age and, obviously, this has paid off quite good for him in his later years.

A dynamic and energetic personality, Dr. Idris Salako is many things rolled into one. He is an amiable personality and a goal getter. He is also a quintessential administrator and shrewd human resource manager. Though he is a likeable character with a smile for everyone, he is, nevertheless, a disciplinarian who strictly loves to play by the rules.

Under his visionary leadership, the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development is steadily working on the realization of its core mandates. To this end, we have witnessed the passage of LASPPPA & LASBCA Regulations 2019 as well as the approval of Mr. Governor for the constitution of Physical Planning Permit and Building Control Appeals Committee to ease the stress in obtaining planning permit and enhance checks and balances mechanism.

Also, there has been impressive alliance building with relevant professional bodies such as the  UN HABITAT, Nigeria Institute of Town Planners (NITP), Association of Town Planning Consultants of Nigeria (ATOPCON), Urban Planners without Borders to mention but a few.

Sanity has also been restored to the Built Environment through Enforcement and Engagement while staffs are equally being propelled for optimal performance.

Dr. Idris Salako is a member of many professional bodies including the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP) Registered member of the Town Planners Registration Council (TOPREC) and the Association of Town Planning Consultants of Nigeria (ATOPCON) where he functioned as the President, until recently.

He also served and chaired the board of different public organisations and bagged different Awards of Excellence.

A passionate soccer fan, Dr. Idris Salako is a proud and fervent Gunner (fan of Arsenal FC of England), an ardent reader and a man with an unbelievable knack for detail.

He is happily married with children.

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