Independence: Experts call for Land Use Act review


By Adewumi Ojo

Although the nation may be celebrating 57 years of self governance following years of rule by the colonial masters, industry experts believe the sector is yet to hit the ground when it comes to development.

Speaking, President Association of Town Planning Consultants of Nigeria (ATOPCON), Tpl Idris Salako sad there was a need to revisit the Urban and Regional planning law needed for an effective development in the industry.

 According to Salako, the industry is far from development since independence due to government inclusive law that will ensure a structure base for development.

To him, the law which was made years back is a set back to the built industry calling for an urgent action for it sreview in order to experience what is done in the developed world.

“57years after independence, Nigeria is yet to get to where it is supposed to be in the built industry due to laws that are not helping the profession. Government needs to revisit urban and regional planning law for better delivery of work and development. This will eliminate unqualified practitioners and build the sector.”

Estate Surveyor Augustine Udoh, in his view said the country is still lying low in the built industry while also lamenting  government poor attitude towards the sector.

Sharing same sentiment with ATOPCON president, ESV Udoh said government must review land use act of 1979 for an holistic development.

“More than 50years after independence, government is not doing enough. Despite the fact that private sector is doing its best, but there’s no enabling environment, prices of goods are skyrocketing and until something is done on thus we will continue to suffer. Government must review land use law for development of the built sector”.


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