As the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) grapples with challenges of massive illegal development within the city, town planners, under the auspices of Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP), Abuja Chapter will on Thursday meet in Abuja to deliberate on strategies to develop the necessary resilience to respond to building challenges within the metropolis.

This was disclosed by the Chairman, NITP, Abuja Chapter, Mallam Garba Kwamkur in an exclusive chat with LEADERSHIP.
Kwamkur said the confab, is part of activities lined up to mark the 2012 Town Planners Day, with theme, “Building resilient cities, the challenge of Abuja”.
He said, “Cities the world over (including Abuja) are known to be centres and hubs of trade commerce, business, culture, governmental activities and housing institutions of all kinds. This status makes cities important centres for policy and decision making that affects the lives and social existence of other citizens.
“By virtue of these, a city needs to begin exploring effective strategies for developing greater capacities for coping with the future shocks and stresses to its social, economic, technical systems and infrastructures as they confront the challenges of energy scarcity, climate and population changes, security concerns, natural and human induced disasters etc.”
The NITP chairman said it was the hope of the organizers that the discussions will not only proffer strategies to respond to challenges in the city capital but also ensure that it will still be able to maintain essentially the same functions, structure, system and identity to become a world class city.
Those expected to speak during the conference include the immediate past President, Commonwealth Association of Planners, Prof. Cliff Hague, Prof. Dung Gwom from University of Jos and the Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Dr. Abiodun Aboderin, while keynote address would be delivered by the Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Ms. Ama Pepple with the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed as the special guest of honour.

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