An assurance has come from the Lagos State Government that it will continue to ensure an organized, livable, and sustainable physical environment, adding that all citizens must unite for the realization of this noble objective.
The State’s Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako stated this during the commemoration of the year 2020 Town Planning Day
He added that the Town Planning Day, also known as World Urbanism Day, was celebrated globally since 1949 every November 8,mainly to rally town planners and call attention to the relevance of planning in urban development.
Salako stated that the Town Planning Day offered yet another opportunity for all and sundry to assess their relationships with the built environment and unite to correct the observed imbalances. He added that the sustainability of the physical environment was germane to peace, harmony, and the safety of lives and property.
He reminded professionals in the built environment on the need to always stand tall as standard-bearers whose major preoccupation would be to adhere strictly to the ethos of building rights, and in accordance with the rules of the State Government.
He added: “we can never over emphasize the importance of complying with the physical planning laws to ensure the safety of lives and property as well as the seamless development of the State”
The commissioner further disclosed that due to the various and progressive measures implemented by the State Government to streamline the Planning Permit process in Lagos State, Nigeria had successively recorded remarkable improvements in her Ease of Doing Business ratings.
While congratulating Lagosians and the rest of the world for witnessing yet another Town Planning Day, Salako noted that the focus of the Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu – led administration in the State was to aggressively implement its Operative Development Plans, upgrade existing slums and prevent the growth of new ones, while forestalling the development of illegal buildings.