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We ’ll partner with town planners on urban devt, says Makinde

Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has restated his administration’s willingness to work with the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP) on appropriate planning and urban development in order to improve the state’s socio-economic position.
The governor stated his administration would work with local resources and experience to develop the state while receiving members of the Institute, led by its National President, Oluwatoyin Ayinde, at the Governor’s Office, Secretariat, Ibadan.

He said: “You are welcome to Ibadan and I am glad that you came yesterday and you must have seen some things around. Well, just as you have identified, town planning is a big problem to us in this country.”

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Where I was born, the actual address of the building my parents stayed at, which still stands out there, is N4/79. It is still in Ward 4 of Ibadan North Local Council today.

“Actually, some people started planning this country, but we took the wrong turn. I took somebody to the Central Business District at Dugbe and he said some people have actually started something.”

“So, I thank you for the mini-lecture. We know that some of the things mentioned are challenges we have to deal with, and because a lot of our people will rather have instant gratification, including your members.”

“Somebody came to me last week and asked if he could help rescue Bodija? It belongs to the Housing Corporation. It was the first properly planned estate in Nigeria. It was supposed to be a purely residential estate but you have restaurants, clubs and noise all over the place.”

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