Lagos State has been rated top among states in the country having advanced town planning framework that complies with the national Urban and Regional Planning Laws of 2004.
The Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, who passed the vote of confidence on Lagos on Thursday, said that the state had gone far ahead of others in domesticating the national town planning legislation and setting up administrative structures to coordinate its planning in accordance with the laws.
The rating was shared with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu when the Institute’s national president, Mr. Oluwatoyin Ayinde, led management team members on a courtesy visit l at the State House, Marina.
Sanwo-Olu acknowledged the Institute’s feedback on the state’s town planning effort, saying the progress indicated Lagos was on the right track towards improving livability for its residents.
In spite of the headway, the governor said the state still had a lot of work to do in the areas of building control, fast-tracking access to building approvals and signing off on regional plans’ implementation.
The governor said Lagos was developing faster than the projection of the government, given the number of people that come into the state daily and a deluge of applications regularly received on developments’ approvals.
Sanwo-Olu said the state government had started to decentralise all the processes of getting approvals for structural developments by ceding authority to district offices that would act on behalf of the Government.
He added that the effort was being supported by regeneration activities across several communities to bring back the lost glory of the state.
Ayinde had earlier said Lagos was rated first among 17 other states, because of the sustainability of its planning framework, stressing that the state had created structures to meet the national standards.
The Town Planners’ president said the recruitment of 70 professional town planners into the civil service was another pace-setting decision taken by the Lagos State government in achieving coordinated development in the state.