The Lagos State Government has said that the annual observance of the World Town Planning Day is a clarion call for promotion of the ideals of a livable, organised and sustainable built environment.
The Honourable Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, stated this during an event organised by the State government to mark the Y2021 World Town Planning Day at Ikeja/
The Commissioner noted that the protection of the physical environment is essential for seamless development, social security and wellbeing of the human race as the built environment remains the superstructure upon which other sectors revolve.
He urged everyone, particularly professionals working in the sector to uphold compliance to standards and regulations as doing so is in the best interest of society.
In his words: “This day brings together professional planners and the general community to see how we can shape the world into an ideal place that we want to live and work in. It is, therefore, the responsibility of all, be it planners and other professionals, private and public entities, to see to the effectiveness of planning in the bid to achieve a sustainable environment for all”.
Salako added that it was important to seize the advantage of the World Town Planning Day observance to create awareness of the Lagos State Physical Planning laws and seek compliance by residents.
He also seized the opportunity to commiserate with families of victims of the Ikoyi collapsed building and wished survivors speedy recovery, saying that the State would surely come out stronger from the unfortunate experience.
The World Town Planning Day, which is also called World Day of Urbanism, is celebrated by planners and communities across the world annually on the 8th of November.