Concerned government agencies in Ogun State, responsible for the proposed law on the administration of physical planning, urban development and building production management, have been told to reflect on the uniqueness of various communities and status of residents for ease of the implementation of the new law, when eventually passed and assented by the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun.
The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, made this known while declaring open stakeholders’ fora on H.B. No. 061/OG/2021- The Ogun State Administration of Physical Planning, Urban Development, Slum Regeneration and Building Production Management Law, 2021 and H.B. No. 062/OG/2021- The Ogun State Residents Registration Agency and the Registration of Ogun State residents Law 2021 at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Oluomo stressed that the State remained a developing entity that needed to accommodate more developmental projects including investment opportunities in preparation for the status of a smart city, adding that necessary consideration should be made in the process of transiting its expansion and developmental initiatives.
While speaking on the involvement of the State Resident Registration Agency, the Speaker underscored the essence of proper planning and accurate database, seeking a temporary resident’s permit to allow for data capturing of short-term residents, especially corps members and students of higher institutions.
He submitted that the Assembly was determined to ensure speedy passage of the bill in collaboration with the executive towards adequate planning for the teeming populace.
In their remarks, the State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, TPL Tunji Odunlami, Director of Community Development in the Ministry of Community Development and Cooperatives, Mr. Mudasiru Oriola and a stakeholder, TPL. Francis Oyekunle, appreciated the initiative of the State government in the proposed bill, stressing the need to consider the usage of the data gathered for developmental purposes and ensure that Community Development Associations be saddled with the responsibility of verifying and presenting community residents for registration.
Other stakeholders also commended the coordinating role of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development for the prior engagement of all concerned professionals at the draft stage of the bill, calling for a review of the timeframe for building development, relevant provision for the maintenance of building structures and specification of responsibilities for building-related professionals to checkmate quackery in the industry.
They lauded the State Assembly for its ingenuity towards enacting an enabling law to regulate the activities in the built sector.
Representatives of professional bodies at the event include; the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON), Arch. Adekoyejo Jolaosho, the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, Dr. Ahmed Apampa, Chairman, Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE), Engr. Kolawole Olonade, Registrar, Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON), Peter Kuroshi, among others.