IN order to reduce the challenges associated with unplanned cities, Delta State governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has said his administration would implement the state’s Urban and Regional Planning Law. Governor Okowa gave the assurance yesterday when members of Nigeria Institute of Architects, NIA, Delta State chapter, led by its chairman, Architect Andy Imafidon, paid him a courtesy call in Asaba. Governor Okowa said his administration was committed to ensuring safe and well planned towns and cities in the state, noting that issues of building collapse, poor land development control process and disorderly development should be a thing of the past in the state. “We will look at the implementation of urban planning law so as to give bite to our land development control process and check poor construction work and issues of collapse buildings,” Okowa said, stating that his administration would continue to partner with the NIA because the institute plays critical roles in the development process of towns and cities. He reiterated that NIA was an important arm to the development of any nation, “because you play important roles in the design of our buildings and cities; we will continue to count on you to play your roles so that we will have safer buildings.” Earlier, Imafidon said the visit was to intimate the governor on the planned hosting of the NIA National Council meeting which would coincide with the 2016 Archi-Delta Expo.

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